With Mamma Mia! set to end its Broadway run on Labor Day, the Broadhurst Theatre will go dark, but not for long. William Goldman’s stage adaptation of the ultimate trapped-by-a-fan thriller, the basis of the 1990 Kathy Bates/James Caan film for which he penned the screenplay, will begin performances October 22 at the Shubert-owned house, with opening night on November 15. The 16-week run will star Willis as a novelist rescued by his “Number One Fan” Annie Wilkes, (Metcalf), who upon reading his new manuscript is transformed into the Editor From Hell when she learns he’s killed off the heroine, Misery Chastain.
Annie was originally slated to be played by Elizabeth Marvel who, according to the announcement, had scheduling conflicts with her continuing role on Netflix’ House Of Cards. Directing the script by Goldman (The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy And the Sundance Kid) is Will Frears (Ominium Gatherum).
The play has scenic design by David Korins (Motown), costumes by Ann Roth (The Book of Mormon), lighting by David Weiner (The Normal Heart) and sound by Darron West (Peter and the Starcatcher).
The producing team is headed up by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (Mark Kaufman), Castle Rock Entertainment (Martin Shafer, Liz Glotzer) and Raymond Wu.