Friday, February 20, 2009

Desire on Broadway

Chris Jones reports that the Goodman Theatre production of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms, starring Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino, and Pablo Schreiber will be headed to Broadway very soon. It closes at the Goodman March 1, starts previews at the St. James on Broadway April 14 and opens April 27.

The news of a Broadway move was expected, but it is a bit of a surprise that they are moving into the St. James--it's one of the biggest houses on Broadway, and in recent years has hosted the revival of Gypsy and The Producers. Plays rarely play houses that big, but recent seasons have seen August: Osage County at the Imperial and Kevin Kline's Cyrano de Bergerac at the Richard Rodgers. Granted, August was a sensation and Kline is as big a star as they come on Broadway. Still, Dennehy is pretty major, and the show has pretty strong buzz. Here's hoping it does well.

Anyone have some free tickets so I can see it before it leaves town?

1 comment:

Lauren Yarger said...

I understand the producers of "Next to Normal," transfering to Broadway from Arena Stage,are closing the balcony of the Longacre, which seats 1,100 and creating a more intimate capacity of 820.
The Elms people might be wise to consider a similar move. The St. James seats more than 1,600-- that's a lot of seats to fill in this economy, even for a limited run with Dennehey.