The theatricality of Glee must have made Sarah Jessica Parker want to return to the theater. Producers announced today that Parker, currently singing and dancing on the Fox dramedy, and Tony winner Blythe Danner will return to the New York City stage this fall in a new play, The Commons of Pensacola.
The show, written by actress Amanda Peet, centers on a woman (Danner) “forced to leave her life behind when husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Becca’s filmmaker boyfriend pay Judith a visit to the one bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. How will past and present circumstances inform how this family moves into the future?”
This will be Parker’s first stage role since her Emmy-winning turn as Carrie Bradshaw made her a household name; Danner recently appeared on Broadway in Nice Work if You Can Get It, alongside Parker’s husband Matthew Broderick. Danner and Parker were last onstage together in 1995, in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s production of Sylvia.
The Commons of Pensacola, directed by Lynne Meadow, will begin previews Oct. 22 and officially open Nov. 21 at the Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center – Stage I.