Bruce Willis, making his broadway debut in Misery, took a bow with costars Laurie Metcalf and Leon Addison Brown at the play’s opening night Sunday.

‘Misery’ Opening Night

In the Broadway play adaptation of Stephen King‘s Misery, Willis stars as the wealthy writer Paul Sheldon, who ends up severely injured following a car accident. The wreck leaves him in the care of super fan Annie Wilkes (Metcalf), who happens to live off the Colorado mountain road on which he’d lost control of his car. Before long, Annie exposes herself as more crazed than caring – especially after she finds out he’s killed off his series’ heroine Misery Chastain.

Brown plays Sheriff Buster in the play.

Talking about the play on opening night, Willis said those who’ve read King’s novel or watched the 1990 Rob Reiner film will still be in suspense watching the play. “It’s just gothic. You never really quite know,” Willis told “Even if you saw the movie, or read the book, you’re kind of hanging in there. ‘How are they gonna do this?’ It turns out really cool.”


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Willis also noted that the play has both its scares and its comedic moments, which he thinks is a plus.

“It’s really fun to try to scare people, and it’s very surprising how much people laugh at it,” Willis told “And just crack up at stuff that no one ever expected… People are laughing and having fun. It’s always rewarding if you can make someone laugh.”

Willis’ costar, Broadway veteran Metcalf, had nothing but good things to say about the Die Hard star.

“We just all clicked together in the rehearsal room very quickly,” Metcalf said. “I love working with Bruce because he’s so committed to it. He brings 100% every day. I like rolling up the sleeves and getting to work.”

Misery will run at the Boadhurst Theatre until Feb. 14.

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