Bobby Cannavale’s Favorite Broadway Roles

1. The Motherf**ker With the Hat (Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and premiered at the Gerald Schoenfield Theatre on April 11, 2011)

Chris Rock and Bobby Cannavale in The Motherf**ker With the Hat
Chris Rock and Bobby Cannavale in The Motherf**ker With the Hat

“It’s just a great, terrific and beautiful play. It’s an unlikely love story and I like the urban setting. It’s a part I’ve never gotten to play before, so I really love that.”

2. The Big Knife (Written by Clifford Odets and was staged as a revival and opened at the American Airlines Theatre on April 16, 2013)

Marin Ireland as Marion Castle and Bobby Cannavale as Charlie Castle in The Big Knife
Marin Ireland as Marion Castle and Bobby Cannavale as Charlie Castle in The Big Knife

This is a play that I saw more than 15 years ago. It’s one of Clifford Odets’ lesser-known plays. I saw a production Joanne Woodward directed up in Williamstown about 16 or 17 years ago and I became obsessed with it. I worked really, really hard in trying to get a production of that done and I succeeded about three years ago and got to do that on Broadway. That was very exciting.”

3. Glengarry Glen Ross (Written by David Mamet. The 30th anniversary revival was staged at the Gerald Schoenfield Theatre on Dec. 8, 2012)

Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale in Glengarry Glen Ross
Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale in Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross just because I got the chance to work with Al [Pacino] on that. It’s an iconic role and the kind of role that every young actor grows up knowing. You learn those monologues for auditions and I did that monologue as an audition. It was really nice to come full circle and play that role on Broadway.”


Read about Bobby Cannavale’s love affair with the theatre here.

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Dave Gil de Rubio
In addition to being editor of Massapequa Observer and Hicksville News, Dave Gil de Rubio is a regular contributor to Long Island Weekly, specializing in music and sports features. He has won several awards for writing from Press Club of Long Island (PCLI).

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