Here’s a quick Broadway News Wrap Up from the past week:
Producer Allows Theatres to Stage Sorkin-Penned To Kill a Mockingbird
Producer Scott Rudin has granted the stage rights of the current adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird by Aaron Sorkin to certain amateur theatres around the country that will allow them to present a work currently on Broadway in their own communities. This decision arrives after Rudin’s legal team sent cease-and-desists to theatre companies that were planning to stage Christopher Sergel’s earlier stage adaptation of the story, citing a contract between author Harper Lee and Dramatic Publishing Company (which licenses the Sergel play) that prohibits productions within 25 miles of large cities while a major production plays New York or tours. Multiple theatre companies around the country had been driven to cancel their planned productions of Mockingbird due to exclusive rights held by Rudin. The offer to stage the Sorkin adaptation will only be extended to theatres that have had to cancel their productions of the Sergel-penned version. More details here.
One Man, Two Guvnors Film Adaptation in the Works
A big screen adaptation of Richard Bean‘s award-winning play One Man, Two Guvnors may be in the initial planning stages. The play, adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, first premiered at London’s National Theatre in 2011, embarking on a UK tour before running in the West End and transferring to Broadway. The play centers on Francis Henshall, who agrees to work for a local gangster as well as a criminal in hiding, both of whom are linked in a tangled web of schemes and romantic associations, which Francis cannot keep straight. James Corden won the 2012 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his performance as Francis Henshall, which he originated in the National Theatre production. The film will feature a screenplay by Oli Refson, with Bean and original director Nicholas Hytner serving as executive producers. More details here.
Glenn Close To Star in Sunset Boulevard Film
Oscar nominee and Tony Award winner Glenn Close will star in a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Sunset Boulevard, which is set to begin shooting this October. Rob Ashford will direct Close in her Tony-winning role of Norma Desmond. Based on Billy Wilder’s classic Academy Award-winning film, Sunset Boulevard features a celebrated book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton. The musical originally premiered in London’s West End at the Adelphi Theatre in 1993 starring Patti LuPone, where it ran for almost four years. The American premiere was at the Shubert Theatre in Century City, Los Angeles in December 1993 with Glenn Close as Norma. The musical was an instant success and played 369 performances before moving to Broadway in 1994 with, what was then, the biggest advance in Broadway history, at $37.5 million. More details here.
Female-Led Glengarry Glen Ross Revival Planned for Broadway
An all-female Broadway revival of David Mamet’s play Glengarry Glen Ross is in the works. Casting has not been set, but the show is planned for this summer. Glengarry Glen Ross won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical, illegal acts – from lies and flattery to bribery, threats, intimidation and burglary – to sell undesirable real estate to unwitting prospective buyers. The play opened on Broadway in 1984 at the John Golden Theatre, and ran for 378 performances. It was nominated for four Tony awards including Best Play. Two Broadway revivals followed, in 2005 and 2012. A film adaptation released in 1992 starred Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, and Alec Baldwin. More details here.