Thursday, January 24, 2008

Little Sheba Comes Back To Broadway Opening Night

Little Sheba Comes Back To Broadway Opening Night

Fifty-eight years is a long, long time for an old Broadway hit to stage a comeback.

But tonight, the first-ever revival of William Inge's seminal, groundbreaking play on shotgun weddings and alcoholism -- Come Back, Little Sheba -- opens tonight at the Manhattan Theatre Club's Biltmore Theatre.

The original Great White Way production in 1950 helped Sidney Blackmer and Shirley Booth each earn Tony Awards, with the latter going on to score an Oscar for her work in the 1952 film version.

Helmed by Michael Pressman, the new incarnation stars "Law And Order" favorite S. Epatha Merkerson as Lola and Kevin Anderson as her husband Doc. One of my personal favorite young stage actresses, Zoe Kazan, makes her Broadway debut.

Last summer, Merkerson also starred in the Los Angeles production, which received mixed reviews.

How will this Come Back fare with the Broadway critics? Find out tomorrow as I provide my regular critics' capsule, along with my very own SOB Review.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
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