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The Broadway Career of Liev Schreiber

June 2, 2024

On June 16, 2024, the 77th Annual Tony Awards will be held at the David H. Koch Theater, celebrating the best and brightest of this year’s Broadway season! The nominees include those onstage and off, mainstays and newcomers alike. In celebration, Broadway’s Best Shows is highlighting some of the Broadway perennials recognized with Tony nods in this incredibly fruitful year.

This season, Liev Schreiber is nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for his performance in “Doubt.” Here’s a breakdown of the Broadway roles that got him here!

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In the Summer House (1993)

Liev Schreiber made his Broadway debut in “In the Summer House,” playing Lionel in this revival of Jane Bowles’ play. The production delves into the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, with Schreiber’s performance hinting at the depth and intensity he would bring to future roles.

Betrayal (2000)

Schreiber starred as Jerry in Harold Pinter’s “Betrayal,” a play that explores the intricacies of an extramarital affair told in reverse chronology. His nuanced portrayal of the complexities of love and deception garnered critical acclaim.

Harold Pinter’s The Invention of Love (2001)

In “The Invention of Love,” Schreiber played Moses Jackson in Tom Stoppard’s exploration of the life of poet A.E. Housman. The play juxtaposes the poet’s unrequited love for Jackson with his later years, reflecting on love, art, and academia.

Henry V (2003)

Schreiber took on the titular role in “Henry V,” delivering a powerful performance as the English king. His portrayal of the young monarch’s journey from a reckless youth to a responsible ruler was both compelling and deeply human.

Glengarry Glen Ross (2005)

In the revival of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” Schreiber played Ricky Roma, the slick and persuasive real estate salesman. His performance earned him a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, solidifying his status as a Broadway heavyweight.

Talk Radio (2007)

Schreiber starred as Barry Champlain in Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio,” a role that demanded both charisma and intensity. His portrayal of the abrasive radio host was lauded for its raw energy and emotional depth.

A View from the Bridge (2010)

Schreiber’s performance as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s “A View from the Bridge” was hailed as a tour de force. His portrayal of the tragic longshoreman grappling with forbidden emotions and familial duty earned him another Tony nomination.

Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2016)

In “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” Schreiber played the scheming and seductive Vicomte de Valmont. His performance in this tale of manipulation and betrayal was noted for its complexity and dark charm.

Doubt (2023)

Schreiber’s latest triumph is his portrayal of Father Flynn in “Doubt,” a gripping play by John Patrick Shanley that explores themes of morality, suspicion, and the complexity of truth. His performance has been widely praised for its depth and intensity, capturing the multifaceted nature of the character. This role has earned him a Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play.