Daniel Radcliffe will return to Broadway this fall in the topical new play “The Lifespan of a Fact,” based on the real-life case of a seven-year back-and-forth between a magazine writer and a fact-checker over a story about the culture of teenage suicide in Las Vegas.
Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale will co-star in the limited-run production, which will begin performances on Sept. 20 at Broadway’s Studio 54 in advance of an official opening on Oct. 18.
The play, written by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell, will be directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman.
Radcliffe plays Harper’s magazine fact-checker Jim Fingal, whose boss (Jones) gives him a big assignment: to apply his skill to a groundbreaking piece by author John D’Agata (Cannavale).
But Fingal discovers that John made up some of his article. Well, a lot of his article. OK, actually, maybe the majority of it? What starts professional quickly becomes profane as one question rises to the surface: Can Jim Fingal ever just shut the fact up?
The play is based on the true story of D’Agata’s essay “What Happens There,” which was eventually published in The Believer. (It was also published as a book, complete with Fingal’s annotations, in 2012.)
“The Lifespan of a Fact” is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Norman and Deanna Twain, Will Trice, Barbara Freitag, Eric Falkenstein, Carl Moellenberg/Wendy Federman, Ken Greiner, Van Kaplan and Caiola Productions.
17 Top-Grossing Broadway Musicals of All Time, From 'Hamilton' to 'The Lion King' (Photos)
A ranked list of the biggest hits on the Great White Way, as of March 8, 2020 (according to The Broadway League)
17. "Rent" (original production) Opened: April 29, 1996 Closed: Sept. 7, 2008 Gross: $274.2 million
16. "The Producers" Opened: April 19, 2001 Closed: April 22, 2007 Gross: $288.4 million
15. "Mary Poppins" Opened: Nov. 16, 2006 Closed: March 3, 2013 Gross: $294.6 million
14. "Miss Saigon" (original production) Opened: April 11, 1991 Closed: Jan. 28, 2001 Gross: $298.7 million
13. "Kinky Boots" Opened: April 4, 2013 Closed: April 7, 2019 Gross to date: $319.0 million
12. "Les Misérables" (original production) Opened: March 12, 1987 Closed: May 18, 2003 Gross: $406.3 million