Headlines about making headlines on Broadway may be best known as a duty those Disney Newsies began leaping about doing on Broadway several years ago. However, this story about headlines appeared on Broadway long before those guys ever decided to Seize The Day. While the 2015-16 Broadway season is just hitting its spring bloom, one of the biggest Broadway producers (Pictured Left thanks to Steve Granitz & WireImage) is lining up a star-studded, headline making revival for next season on Broadway. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that a Broadway revival of The Front Page is now scheduled for the Fall 2016 season!
Scott Rudin is bringing The Front Page, a classic newspaperman drama, back to Broadway in Fall 2016. The production is scheduled to begin previews September 20th before an official opening October 20th, 2016. The revival will run as a limited engagement playing through February 5th, 2017 only. A theater for the production will be announced at a later date. Jack O’Brien will helm the revival as director heading a creative team that also includes Douglas Schmidt as scenic designer, Ann Roth as costume designer, Brian MacDevitt as lighting designer and Scott Lehrer as sound designer. Caparelliotis Casting is casting the production with Rudin as producer.
Headlining the production will be Tony Award winner Nathan Lane (Pictured Left) alongside John Slattery, best known for playing Roger in the AMC series Man Men. Slattery will star as reporter Hildy Johnson with Lane starring as his tough editor, Walter Burns. Several supporting roles for the production have already been lined up as well. They include John Goodman as Sheriff Hartman, Jefferson Mays as Bensinger (Reporter for The Tribune), Rosemary Harris as Mrs. Grant (Hildy’s Fiancee) and Sherie Rene Scott as Mollie Malloy. Additional and complete casting for the production will be announced at a later date.
The Front Page, written by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, takes place in the press room of the Chicago Criminal Courts Building. Radical leftist Earl Williams is on his way to execution, accused of shooting a police officer, as poker-playing press reporters from across the city wait to cover the news of his death. However, when Williams escapes his sheriff, all of the reporters seek out further information regarding his whereabouts except The Examiner’s, Hildy Johnson. He’s engaged, planning to leave his life of hawking headlines and heading for New York. That is, until the situation of a lifetime unfolds regarding William’s escape and Johnson realizes he is about to write a story like never before. His editor Walter Burns has begged Johnson to stay with the paper and is about to get his wish at a price larger than he ever imagined.
The Front Page originally debuted on Broadway at The Times Square Theater in August 1928. The piece starred Osgood Perkins as Burns and Lee Tracy and Johnson with George S. Kaufman as director. It ran 278 performances, considered a smash hit during that time, before closing in April 1929. Since its debut, the show has been revived three times on Broadway in 1946, 1969 at the Ethel Barrymore Theater starring Robert Ryan as Burns and Bert Convy as Johnson and in 1986 at the Vivian Beaumont at Lincoln Center starring John Lithgow as Burns and Richard Thomas as Johnson. The 1969 revival was the most succesful running 222 performances. It should be noted the authors of the piece, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, are former reporters from Chicago themselves.
Luner Lowdown: I couldn’t be more excited for this upcoming revival of The Front Page on Broadway! It will be exciting to welcome back Nathan Lane as well as the all-star cast already announced alongside him including John Slattery. Slattery (Pictured Right) can channel his Spotlight notes for his new reporter gig on The Great White Way having appeared in the Oscar-winning film this past year. I had to type less when talking about the show’s plot to not give too much away but this piece in itself sounds thrilling. Expect to see this show take up one of the smaller play houses on Broadway. A small house that is, that will be home to a lot of star power.
No official website, social media or artwork for the Broadway revival has been established at this time. However, you can bet we’ll bring you the news when it has been as we look forward to this incredibly exciting revival on Broadway next season!
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