FACTS ABOUT DEAD ACCOUNTS:
Opened: Original Broadway Production - November 29, 2012
Dead Accounts Director: Jack O'Brien
Dead Accounts Music By: None
Dead Accounts Lyrics and Book By: Theresa Rebeck and Mark Bennett
Theatre: Music Box Theatre
Tony Award Nominations: 0
Tony Awards Won: 0
Notes: Dead Accounts stars two Tony Award-winning performers in Norbert Leo Butz as Jack and Katie Holmes as Lorna.
By the time Dead Accounts had been announced as a new entry at the Music Box Theatre in late 2012, the Broadway world was buzzing with anticipation. The play, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck, directed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien and fronted with two Broadway heavyweights in Norbert Leo Butz and Katie Holmes, had all the makings of a dynamic limited engagement production that continues to enthrall audiences since its inception. Along with an impressive ensemble cast that features Judy Greer, Josh Hamilton and Jayne Houdyshell, Dead Accounts boasts a wealth of star power and a fantastic script that have already made it one of the surprise Broadway hits of the past several years.
Dead Accounts follows the story of Jack, a young professional who returns to his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, after living in New York City for several years. The comedic play touches on a variety of modern themes, such as small town values, the effects of corporate greed and just how willing a family can accept one of its own after being exposed to a world that's so different from their own.
After several years of living in New York, Jack's family begins to suspect that he is in some sort of trouble during his unexpected visit, and most of the tension onstage relates to the unraveling relationship between he and his family. As the play continues, the family soon discovers that Jack is not all that he seems, and this is later confirmed by Jack's soon-to-be ex-wife, Jenny, who arrives in Ohio to tell the family that Jack had stolen millions of dollars.
In the midst of its larger themes about family dynamics and relationships, Dead Accounts has plenty of light-hearted moments and showcases a variety of stunning performances by its star-studded cast. It's location at the intimate Music Box Theatre only adds to the show's appeal, as the playhouse's modest dimensions lend itself well to the production. The show's unbridled energy, ingenuity and its share of surprises have plenty in store for Broadway fans and theatre amateurs alike.