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George Clooney will make his Broadway debut next spring at the Shubert Theater – NBC New York

George Clooney will make his acting debut on Broadway next year in a well-known project for the Hollywood star: ‘Good Night, and Good Luck.’

Clooney will play legendary TV journalist Edward R. Murrow in a stage adaptation of the 2005 film, which earned him Oscar nominations and was a top film contender.

“I am honored to return to the stage after all these years and especially to Broadway, the art form and venue that every actor strives for,” Clooney said in a statement.

The play ‘Good Night, and Good Luck’ – with David Cromer as director – will premiere on Broadway in the spring of 2025 at a Shubert Theater to be announced. It will again be co-written by Clooney and Grant Heslov.

The 90-minute black-and-white film stars David Strathairn as Murrow and turning it into a play is a logical step: the dialogue-heavy action unfolds on a handful of sets. The title comes from Murrow’s signature TV series ‘See It Now’.

A key part of Clooney’s film portrayed Murrow’s struggle to maintain the support of CBS executives for critical reporting on Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy, known for accusing government employees of disloyalty. Clooney played Fred Friendly, co-creator of “See It Now,” who withstood the intense pressure and got the reports aired.

Murrow, who died in 1965, is considered one of the architects of American broadcast news.

“Edward R. Murrow operated from a kind of moral clarity that seems extremely rare in today’s media landscape. There was an immediacy in those early live television broadcasts that today can only be effectively captured on stage, in front of a live audience,” Cromer said in a statement.

The Clooneys are driving forces behind journalism. Clooney’s father, Nick Clooney, worked as a TV news anchor and host in several cities, including Cincinnati, Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. He also wrote a newspaper column in Cincinnati and taught journalism students at American University.

When the film was released, Clooney said his family was proud of the way journalists held the government accountable during the paranoia of the communist threat in the 1950s. Clooney said he wanted to make a film where people could hear “very well written words about the Fourth Estate again.”