Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Come January, All Bêtes Are Off

Come January, All Bêtes Are Off

Talk about poor timing on my part.

No sooner do I post my SOB Review for the outrageously funny La Bête than the revival announces an early closing for January 9, 2011 -- five weeks earlier than originally planned.

By the time the comedy closes, it will have played 101 regular performances -- 76 more than the original production that bombed back in 1991. The current production wasn't even attracting 60% capacity at the box office last week. Unbelievable given all the talent involved.

Personally, I'm downright disappointed that this play didn't do better. It was incredibly well-crafted by director Matthew Warchus and brilliantly acted, particularly by Mark Rylance, who deserves a Tony nomination for his virtuoso work.

If there is a saving grace, it's that Rylance has indicated that he's set to begin rehearsals for a Broadway incarnation of Jerusalem, a play that blew away virtually everyone who had a chance to see it in London earlier this year. Rylance would reprise his Olivier Award-winning turn as Johnny "Rooster" Byron, and quite possibly do it at the very same theatre where he's currently treading the boards for La Bête.

To get a taste of what else to expect from Rylance, here's the trailer from the London production of Jerusalem:

After seeing Rylance in La Bête, I'm already salivating for his next star turn. If you haven't already seen La Bête, do yourself a favor and get to the Music Box Theatre before it closes in January. You can thank me later.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 17 November, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw La Bete last week and enjoyed it! Mark Rylance was terrific; will likely get a Tony Nom & perhaps the win!


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