Perhaps the biggest theatrical news from yesterday didn't come from Broadway. But it was pretty darn close. And it was for a play that was originally planned for a Broadway berth.
Yesterday, The New York Times' Patrick Healy broke the news that Lincoln Center Theater's upcoming production of Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities would star one of this Theatre Season's most impressive casts since, well, that other Lincoln Center Theatre production: Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown.
According to Lincoln Center's news release:
Stockard Channing, Stacy Keach, Linda Lavin (and) Elizabeth Marvel will be featured in the cast of its upcoming production of Other Desert Cities, a new play by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Joe Mantello, beginning performances Thursday, December 16 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (150 W. 65 Street.). Opening night is Thursday, January 13 at 6:45pm.Sounds pretty intriguing to me.
In Other Desert Cities, Brooke Wyeth (to be played by Elizabeth Marvel), a once promising novelist, returns home after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents (Stockard Channing and Stacy Keach), former members of the Reagan inner-circle, her brother, and her aunt (Linda Lavin). When Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil and the Wyeths are both bound together and torn apart as they struggle to come to terms with their past.
Expect this to be a much sought after ticket, especially given its opening date set amidst so many Broadway and Off-Broadway show closures about the same time.
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
In keeping with the new Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations that unfairly discriminate against bloggers, who are now required by law to disclose when they have received anything of value they might write about, please note that I have received nothing of value in exchange for this post.