The Playbill Vault Remembers Tony Nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman

By Megan Dekic
05 Feb 2014

In 2003 Mr. Hoffman returned to Broadway in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical drama Long Day's Journey Into Night. He tackled the role of James, Jr., the alcoholic older son of the Tyrone family, played by Vanessa Redgrave (Mary), Brian Dennehy (James, Sr.) and Robert Sean Leonard (Edmund).

The revival opened May 6, 2003, at the Plymouth Theatre, where it ran for 117 performances. Ben Brantley was fond of this "fine, soul-piercing new production" and especially enjoyed Redgrave's work, but noted that the other cast members did not quite reach her "level of insight and intensity." He wrote: "All three men in the ensemble...give the impression that they are still in the process of fully discovering their characters, especially Mr. Hoffman, a brilliant actor who is oddly tentative here."

The production won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, and Hoffman received his second Tony nomination for his portrayal of James Tyrone, Jr.

Read the Long Day's Journey Into Night Playbill here.