Tuesday, March 06, 2007

First Night Of Magical Redgrave

First Night Of Magical Redgrave

It's been nearly four years since one of acting's greatest was last seen treading Broadway's boards. But tonight, preview audiences will finally have their first opportunity to see Vanessa Redgrave perform as Joan Didion in the stage incarnation of the author's incredibly personal memoir The Year Of Magical Thinking.

During her last appearance on the Great White Way, Redgrave earned a very well-deserved Tony Award for her haunting, riveting performance as Mary Tyrone in the amazing revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. I was so captivated by it that the production ranked among the five best shows I saw during the 2002-03 Theatrical Season.

As for the source material of this new play, it's interesting to note that Didion once harbored a desire to perform on the stage herself. Her fascinating story on that short-lived quest -- and her disbelief that anyone would want to turn her poignant book on loss into a play -- is included in this past Sunday's The New York Times.

With David Hare at the helm, this all adds up to a must-see event for me. The Year Of Magical Thinking officially opens at the Booth Theatre on March 29. The limited engagement is set to conclude on June 30.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
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Vanessa Redgrave to Make Broadway Return as Joan Didion (May 26, 2006)

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At 07 March, 2007, Blogger Mike said...

I'm hoping I can catch this one. I also saw that "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and agree -- although the (then) Plymouth is the most uncomfortable theatre in town, especially for a show that long!

At 07 March, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Mike, You're right about the Plymouth, but I actually dislike the Booth's seats even more. With long legs, I'm always sore after I leave there.


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