Thursday, June 28, 2007

Old Acquaintance Opens Tonight

Old Acquaintance Opens Tonight

After a 66 year absence from Broadway, one Old Acquaintance of John Van Druten finally shows its face again in a new Roundabout Theatre Company revival directed by Michael Wilson. The limited run opens this evening at the American Airlines Theatre.

Set in pre-World War II New York, Old Acquaintance concerns a stormy friendship between two accomplished writers that is put to the test. The play is headlined by Margaret Colin as Katherine Markham and Harriet Harris as Mildred Watson Drake. Other rest of the cast is comprised of Stephen Bogardus, Cynthia Darlow, Diane Davis, Gordana Rashovich and Corey Stoll.

After its 170 Broadway performances that began in 1940 with Jane Cowl (Katherine) and Peggy Wood (Mildred), the story was later transformed into a 1943 film with Bette Davis as its star.

The final performance for the play's first revival is currently scheduled for August 19.

As this is the first opening for a Broadway show during the new 2007-08 Theatrical Season, critics will finally have something new to write about -- whether they'll find it exciting is another story. Find out tomorrow as I capture their critiques.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:
"Sands In The Clouds," Or Why I Love Harriet Harris (June 27, 2007)
Summer Brings Old Acquaintance Harris Back To Broadway (March 23, 2007)

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