Nov 26, 2013

By Scott Walker

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A classic of American literature is coming back to Broadway after a long hiatus.

Film stars James Franco and Chris O’Dowd will make their Broadway debuts next year in Of Mice and Men. Nobel prize-winner John Steinbeck wrote it as both a play and novella. The book and the play are virtually the same word for word.

Of Mice and Men tells the story of two migrant field workers in California during the Great Depression who dream of a better life.

There have been three film versions of the play: in 1939 with Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney Jr.; in 1981 with Robert Blake and Randy Quaid; and in 1992 with Gary Sinise [who also directed] and John Malkovich.

But the play hasn’t been seen on Broadway in almost 40 years. It will open in March of next year.

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