Sir Peter Hall will return to L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre in the fall, bringing the two leads of his Olivier-winning revival of Amadeus with him, playing Oct. 10-Nov. 28, before moving to a Shubert house Broadway.
David Suchet and Michael Sheen, the two leads in the Old Vic production, will join an otherwise American cast. Center Theatre Group is among the co-producers (alongside Kim Poster, PW Productions, Adam Epstein and Pace Theatrical Group) who will then move the production to Broadway, where a tentative Dec. 16 opening is anticipated. The show picked up five Olivier Award nominations during its West End run, including Best Actor for Suchet and Outstanding performance for Sheen.
Peter Shaffer's Tony-winning drama tells of artistic rivalry between the established court composer whose music played by all the rules, Antonio Salieri, and the musical genius who rewrote the way music would be understood, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Hall directed the original production of the play in 1979 at London's National Theatre. That production moved to Broadway and starred Ian McKellen as Salieri and Tim Curry as Mozart. Amadeus won a 1981 Tony Award as Best Play for Shaffer, with the film, by Milos Forman ("One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest") winning the 1985 Academy Award as Best Picture. The film version starred F. Murray Abraham as Salieri (a role that won him the Academy Award) and Tom Hulce.
Hall began an annual commitment to the Ahmanson this year, where he directed two star studded Shakespeares this summer, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Measure for Measure. According to the Boneau/Bryan-Brown press office, designers for Amadeus include William Dudley (an Olivier winner for his costumes), Paule Constable (lighting) and Matt McKenzie (sound).