Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Allen, Irons Finally Back In The Broadway Fire

Allen, Irons Finally Back In The Broadway Fire


After having repeatedly read that actress Joan Allen had no interest in returning to the stage, I was resigned to never seeing her live. (Well, that is if you don't count dancing next to her and her daughter at Steppenwolf's 30th anniversary gala a few years ago -- the elegant thespian certainly knows how to cut a rug).

Although Allen has been a Steppenwolf ensemble member since -- gasp! -- 1977, appearing in 23 of the company's productions, she has not graced a Steppenwolf stage since 1991 (last seen in Anne Tyler's Earthly Possessions alongside Kevin Anderson, Sally Murphy and Rondi Reed, among others). It's been two years longer since she last appeared on Broadway in her Tony-nominated turn as Heidi Holland in 1989's The Heidi Chronicles (also starring Peter Friedman, Boyd Gaines, Joanne Camp and Cynthia Nixon). One year earlier, Allen received the Tony for Best Actress in a Play for her work in Lanford Wilson's Burn This opposite fellow Steppenwolf ensemble member John Malkovich.

With Allen's film career going great guns, sometimes quite literally, I resigned myself to never having a chance to see her perform live on stage.

So imagine my pleasant surprise to read yesterday in Variety that she's ready to burn up the boards once again opposite no less than Jeremy Irons, absent himself from Broadway since his one and only Tony-winning turn as Henry in the original 1985 incarnation of Tom Stoppard's masterpiece, The Real Thing.

Together, Allen and Irons are slated to star in the world premiere of Impressionism by Michael Jacobs. Directed by Jack O'Brien and produced by Ostar Productions, the play should land on the Great White Way sometime next spring -- just in time for Tony consideration.

This officially becomes my first "must-see" show for 2009.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 11 June, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 11 June, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

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At 11 June, 2008, Blogger Alicia said...

Oooohhh... This will be a good one. Good thing I have all the way until next spring to plan for it. :)

At 12 June, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

No kidding.


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