Earlier this week, I waxed rhapsodic about the current Steppenwolf production of Tracy Letts' (pictured) masterpiece, August: Osage County. It's now official: the entire production is being transferred to Broadway's Imperial Theatre, beginning October 30, with a November 20 opening.
The show will enjoy a 16-week run.
In a statement to Steppenwolf ensemble, staff and trustees last evening, Artistic Director Martha Lavey said:
We are enormously proud of our artists and delighted that they will have the opportunity to represent our theater to a wider audience.
We are also deeply proud of our staff for the years of diligence and commitment to making Steppenwolf a home for the creation and production of new work.
With an artistic department that shepherds through the artists in the development of new work, that makes available the finest casting possible, that engages the audience in a dialogue about the work on a nightly basis; with the best production team in the country (hands down); with a marketing and audience services staff that reaches out to and serves our audience with intelligence and care; with a fund-raising staff that understands and is committed to the work and the artists and finds appropriate partners for our vision and values; with trustees who give tirelessly in time and treasure, we feel fortunate beyond belief.
Moving August: Osage County to Broadway is a tribute to the collective vision and passion of all of you. Thank you, all, for your commitment to Steppenwolf.
August: Osage County will make its Broadway premiere direct from Steppenwolf’s sold-out world premiere run in Chicago. According to Steppenwolf, the Great White Way production will remain true to the original with the same outstanding cast and creative team that made it the must-see event of Chicago theatre this summer.
While I regret that I was tardy in posting my review -- which certainly didn't leave any time for most to see Steppenwolf's production before it closes this Sunday (and all remaining performances are sold out) -- I'm thrilled that a wider audience will now have the opportunity.
Expect plenty of Tony Award nominations for this excellent play -- I'm hoping Letts earns a Pulitzer.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
August: Osage County (The SOB Review) (August 19, 2007)