'Cyrano' on Broadway, plus Tom Hanks
Winter is coming to Broadway. And so is Emilia Clarke, the Khaleesi from HBO’s Game of Thrones, who will play Holly Golightly in a new adaptation of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out), opening this spring.
In addition, Tom Hanks confirmed that he’ll make his long-overdue Broadway debut this season as the late tabloid columnist Mike McAlary in Lucky Guy, a new play by Nora Ephron (who died of leukemia in June).
Also booked for the Great White Way this spring: Eric Coble’s new comedy The Velocity of Autumn, starring Estelle Parsons as an 80-year-old who locks herself into her Brooklyn brownstone with a pile of Molotov cocktails to resist her family’s attempt to move her into a nursing home. (The 84-year-old actress, now appearing in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get Is, has been a firecracker on stage for years — I can’t wait to see her armed with the real thing.)
Of course, the biggest star heading to the stage may be a certain classic primate with sights on Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in June: This week, producers announced plans for a very large-scale King Kong musical, with a book by Craig Lucas (Light in the Piazza) and a rock score featuring tunes from Sarah McLachlan, Justice, Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja, and the Avalanches’ Guy Garvey. After the jump, check out EW’s take on the week’s biggest new openings in New York and Los Angeles.
Cyrano de Bergerac Douglas Hodge, the British actor who won a Tony as the cross-dressing Albin in the 2010 Broadway revival of La Cage aux Folles, returns to Broadway as the big-nosed hero of Edmond Rostand’s classic dramedy. As Tanner Stransky notes, the star (pictured above) “tears his way around the stage as Cyrano, almost to the point of spitting while spewing the show’s rhymed couplets.” EW grade: B+
Heresy In a departure for A.R. Gurney, best known for Cheeveresque dramas about well-heeled WASPs, his new play reimagines the New Testament story as a modern-day drama about a college-age rebel running afoul of Homeland Security officer Pontius Pilate. Though Kathy Najimy “breathes a little life into the play” as Pilate’s wife, Stephan Lee concludes, “Lurking under every line of dialogue seems to be a wink paired with a ”Get it?!” EW grade: C–
Harper Regan British playwright Simon Stephens offers a plum role for stage veteran Mary McCann in his Off Broadway character study of a London office worker in the throes of a midlife crisis. “McCann has such a solid and sympathetic command of her character that she holds our attention even when the overly talky production meanders into narrative cul-de-sacs,” I write. EW grade: B
November Four years after its Broadway premiere, David Mamet’s political satire about a hapless conservative president (Ed Begley Jr.) seeking re-election opened at L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum. Despite some praise for Felicity Huffman as a lesbian speechwriter with a serious bout of the flu, Laura Hertzfeld writes, “November lacks the gravitas necessary for a great political satire.” EW grade: B–
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