Running since April 2019 Set in 1969 London, a new play that follows a brash, young Rupert Murdoch on the verge of founding the U.K.'s most influential newspaper.
From the producers: It’s 1969 London. The brash young Rupert Murdoch purchases a struggling paper, The Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash which will destroy - and ultimately horrify - the competition. He brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they will go to any lengths for success and the race for the most ink is on!
"Ink," written by Olivier Award winner James Graham ("Labour of Love," "Privacy," "Finding Neverland") enjoyed an acclaimed, sold-out world premiere at London's Almeida Theatre in 2017, followed by a transfer to the West End later that year. The play received four 2018 Olivier Award nominations: Best New Play, Best Set Design, Best Director (Rupert Goold) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, won by Bertie Carvel in the role of Rupert Murdoch.
Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’ "Elementary" and an Olivier Award winner for "Frankenstein" at London’s National Theatre) plays the Sun editor Larry Lamb, with Carvel reprising his Olivier-winning performance as Murdoch. Two-time Olivier Award winner and Almeida Artistic Director Rupert Goold ("King Charles III," "Enron") directs.
What's Manhattan Theatre Club? One of three not-for-profit organizations that produce a season on Broadway each year, MTC also has two smaller stages at City Center, where they produce mostly modern plays (and sometimes musicals) in a fairly conventional style. More here.
2019 Tony Award Nominations: Best Play, Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Bertie Carvel), Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Sound Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Direction of a Play.
Highly invigorating...directed with vaudevillian flair and firecracker snap...The first act of "Ink" abounds in adrenaline. The show's admonitory bass line becomes louder in the...darker - and heavier - [second] act. The largely American, multicast ensemble deploys varyingly confident British accents. But it does well in sustaining the play's propulsive momentum. The show's most potent chemistry is, as it should be, between Miller's Lamb and Carvel's exquisitely manipulative Murdoch.
Well-crafted...[author] Graham and director Goold cleverly illustrate the exhilaration of this chaotic frontier by peppering the play with eruptions of music and dance, particularly in the let's-put-on-a-paper first act. But "Ink" gets a bit too black-and-white in its foreshadowing, and by the second act we know the monster that's coming. As good as [the] cast is, though - and Miller and Carvel give two of the most commanding performances of the Broadway season - the play works best as an intellectual exercise, clever and smart but short on emotion.