NEW YORK - James Gandolfini, Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels, and Hope Davis are having such a good time on Broadway that they've extended their stay.
The actors will remain with God of Carnage through Nov. 15 after taking a six-week hiatus starting July 27. Performances will resume Sept. 8 of the hit comedy by Yasmina Reza about two couples embroiled in spiraling rage.
"They love doing the play, and they love working together," producer Stuart Thompson said yesterday. "Although they all had some summer plans, they all wanted to go on. So we said, 'Let's do it.' "
Daniels concurred. "Can't get enough Carnage. It's a unique experience. And we're all old enough to know that when you find yourself in a wonderful creative experience like this has been, and [the producers] offered to bring it back, you don't run away from it."
All four performers, director Matthew Warchus, and the play itself have been nominated for 2009 Tony Awards, to be presented Sunday night.
During the summer break, Daniels plans to return to Chelsea, Mich., where he is executive director of the Purple Rose Theatre Company.
"I just turned in a play, so we will be working on the script in August," he said. "Plus, I'm going to do some gigs - I go out with a guitar. I enjoy that. But I will enjoy coming back here. There is just nothing better than being in a hit Broadway comedy."
God of Carnage opened in March at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. It has been one of the big successes of the recently concluded Broadway season, getting rave reviews and doing sellout business. It recouped its more than $2 million in production costs in less than three months.