Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Is Baghdad Bengal Broadway Bound?

Is Baghdad Bengal Broadway Bound?

UPDATED: October 21, 2010

Broadway.com apparently jumped the gun yesterday in reporting that Rajiv Joseph's Pulitzer Prize-nominated finalist Bengal Tiger At The Baghdad Zoo would be produced on Broadway in Spring 2011.

Their big scoop was that Robin Williams is already prepping to make his dramatic debut on the Great White Way.

Not so fast, says The New York Times' Patrick Healy, who noted late yesterday that a New York City mounting of the work -- that appeared at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum earlier this year -- is "not yet a sure thing." Healy says director Moisés Kaufman has made it clear that much depends upon the continuing negotiations, including with Robin Williams to portray the titular tiger, but that he's optimistic.

UPDATE: On October 21, Robin Williams confirmed to The New York Times's David Itzkoff that he'll be portraying the titular tiger on Broadway. While a venue has yet to be announced, the show will begin previews March 10, 2011, then open March 31.

Fortunately for those unfamiliar with this Iraq War-themed play, Center Theatre Group has posted a video the previews the show:

It's worth noting that Williams' last planned appearance on Broadway -- to deliver stand-up comedy in Weapons Of Self-Destruction -- were scuttled due to necessary heart surgery for a valve replacement.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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