Gabriel Byrne in “Walking with Ghosts”
(Photo: Emilio Madrid)
Broadway audiences still have a week to live walk with ghosts, the one man show by Gabriel Byrne adapted from his memoirs. The production is set to wrap Nov. 20 at the Music Box Theater. The Broadway Show host Tamsen Fadal sat down with Byrne to talk about the production, which served as a lesson for the performer to look back on.
Dublin-born Byrne premiered the show earlier this year at that city’s Gaiety Theater and later performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, followed by a limited engagement in London’s West End. “For any type of artist, performing in front of your audience is always difficult, but the reception, the reception was so warm. It was really touching,” he said. “Once we got over that hurdle, we had to go to the West End, and we thought they would be more reserved, but they weren’t. They were just as warm.”
Byrne’s career as an actor, screenwriter and director spans both stage and screen. He is twice nominated for Tony for A Moon for the Wicked in 2000 and Long day trip into night in 2016. “One thing I learned [doing Walking with Ghosts] is that no one has an ordinary story. Every person has an amazing story and we all go on amazing journeys,” he said. “I like to sit in cafes and people watch because the greatest entertainment of all is watching other people. I love watching and trying to figure out what their life is like and never knowing the answer.”
Watch the interview below and head here to check your local listings for The Broadway Show. Hosted by Fadal, it is the only nationally broadcast weekly theater news program.