Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillen, right, the stars of the sold-out revival of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus," pose in London's National Theatre, Jan. 30.
AP Photo/Frank Augstein
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Stage hit Amadeus comes to screenFor a play that makes audience members contemplate their own mediocrity, "Amadeus" is quite the crowd-pleaser. Britain's National Theatre has a sold-out hit with a revival of Peter Shaffer's play about genius Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his jealous rival Antonio Salieri, composer to the 18th-century Viennese court.The production, which mixes actors, opera singers, as well as a 20-piece onstage orchestra, was broadcast in movie theaters all around the world Thursday, as part of the NT Live series.An acclaimed stage performer, Msamati was the first black actor to play the villainous Iago in "Othello" for the Royal Shakespeare Company.Reviewers have hailed his performance in "Amadeus". The original 1979 staging, starring Scofield as Salieri and Simon Callow as Mozart, was one of the National Theatre's biggest hits and ran for three years on Broadway.
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