UPDATE with casting, schedule info below: Playwright A.R. Gurney’s romantic two-hander will return to Broadway for a star-fueled revival beginning September 13 at the Nederlander Theatre. Among the pairings for the run are Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, launching the show, followed by Alan Alda, Candice Bergen, Carol Burnett, Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg and Martin Sheen. Rigg is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association.
The director is two-time Tony winner Gregory Mosher. Producers are Nelle Nugent, Barbara Broccoli, Fredrick Zollo, Olympus Theatricals, Kenneth Teaton and Colleen Camp.
Show was earlier reported as a possible tenant for the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. “The Nederlander had more weeks available and was available so we grabbed it,” Mosher told Deadline.
Love Letters has an all-Tony-winner design team of John Lee Beatty (set), Jane Greenwood (costumes) and Peter Kaczorowski (lighting). Casting is by Telsey + Company’s William Cantler and Andrew Femenella.
Here’s the schedule so far:
Saturday, September 13, 2014, through Friday, October 10, 2014: Brian Dennehy & Mia Farrow
Saturday, November 8, 2014 through Friday, December 5, 2014: Alan Alda & Candice Bergen
Saturday, December 6, 2014, through Friday, January 9, 2015: Stacy Keach & Diana Rigg
Saturday, January 10, 2015, through Sunday, February 1, 2015: Anjelica Huston & Martin Sheen
The first reading of Love Letters took place at the New York Public Library, performed by Gurney and Holland Taylor. The original full production was directed by John Tillinger and opened November 3, 1988, at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut starring Joanna Gleason and John Rubinstein, followed by a New York production opening March 27, 1989, at off-Broadway’s Promenade Theatre starring Kathleen Turner and John Rubinstein. On October 31, 1989, Love Letters opened at Broadway’s Edison Theatre starring Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards, where it ran for 96 performances.
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