For anyone anxiously awaiting the fall Broadway berth of Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts' superb August: Osage County -- and if you aren't, you should be -- Steven Oxman's Variety story on its transfer is required reading.
It's ultra-fast move to the Great White Way was the best strategy for bringing most of its Chicago cast, according to producer Steve Traxler, whom Oxman quotes saying:
There was never any question but to go intact with the Steppenwolf company....Had we waited for the spring, we don't know what would have happened with the cast, and we don't know if a theater would have been readily available.August: Osage County will mark Steppenwolf's Broadway transfer since the haunting 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Revival of a Play One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest.
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This October, Letts' "August" Begins On Broadway (August 22, 2007)
August: Osage County (The SOB Review) (August 19, 2007)