LP0224. THE GREAT WHITE HOPE, Original 968 Broadway Cast, w.
James Earl Jones, Jane Alexander, George Matthews, Lou Gilbert, Jon Cypher. 3-Tetragrammaton stereo TDL 5200, in Boxed Set with Elaborate Complete Libretto. MINT copy has minor spine tear.
“THE GREAT WHITE HOPE is a 1967 play written by Howard Sackler, later adapted in 1970 for a film of the same name.
The play was first produced in 1967 by Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and debuted on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre in October 1968, directed by Edwin Sherin with James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in the lead roles. The play won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Subsequent touring companies of the play featuredBrock Peters and Claudette Nivens in the lead roles.
The initial production at Arena Stage, paid for, at least in part, by two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, was so well received that the entire original cast, including James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander, moved to Broadway. It was the first time the cast of a regional theater production was brought to Broadway. The play opened on Broadway on October 3, 1968 and closed on January 31, 1970 after 546 performances. Using proceeds from his screenwriting contract, Sackler substantially funded the Broadway production for some US$225,000. In addition to winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Jones won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and Alexander won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, as well as the Drama Desk Award for each, for their respective portrayals of Jack Jefferson and Eleanor Bachman.”