Friday, September 01, 2006

The Vertical Hour to Provide First Broadway Moments for Moore and Nighy

The Vertical Hour to Provide First Broadway Moments for Moore and Nighy

Two actors known primarily for their superb work on film are set to make their Broadway debuts in the world premiere of David Hare's new play, The Vertical Hour.

Julianne Moore -- a four-time Academy Award nominee ("Boogie Nights" "The End of the Affair," "The Hours" and "Far From Heaven") -- will be joined by versatile British actor Bill Nighy, celebrated in his own right for his incredible range -- everything from aging pop star Billy Mack in "Love Actually" to the corrupt Sir Bernard Pellegrin in last year's "The Constant Gardner." The Vertical Hour will be helmed by Sam Mendes, whose last Broadway venture was the 2003 revival of Gypsy with Bernadette Peters.

Playwright Hare has been Tony-nominated three times for 1983's Plenty, 1996's Racing Demon and 1997's Skylight. More recently, he's written the wonderful 2002 West End production of The Breath of Life with Dames Maggie Smith and Judi Dench (which I've previously discussed) and the acclaimed Stuff Happens, which will be staged once again by the Public Theater, this time as a free reading at Central Park's Delacorte Theatre later this month.

The Vertical Hour begins previews at the Music Box Theatre on November 9 and officially open on November 30.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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