Anna in the Tropics Eyes Broadway's Royale for Nov. 1 Start

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Producers Roger Berlind and Daryl Roth are hoping to bring the Pulitzer Prize-winning Nilo Cruz play Anna in the Tropics to Broadway's Royale Theatre, a spokesman from the Berlind office told Playbill On-Line.

While exact plans are not yet set in stone, the idea is to begin previews on Nov. 1 and open on Nov. 16.

Anna began performances at New Jersey's McCarter Theatre on Sept. 9; it will continue there until Oct. 19.

Berlind, who characterized Anna as a "beautiful play," previously told Playbill On-Line that the Manhattan production would likely retain the New Jersey cast, which is led by Jimmy Smits, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Priscilla Lopez and John Ortiz.

Playwright Cruz — a former McCarter artist-in-residence — has set his play in a Cuban-American cigar factory in 1929. The factory employs "lectors" to entertain and educate the factory workers, and a new lector who reads aloud from Anna Karenina becomes "a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics, and the American dream prove a volatile combination." Rounding out the cast are Vanessa Aspillaga and David Zayas.

Berlind has a busy season before him. In addition to Anna, he is producing the Broadway revival of Wonderful Town, the Kennedy Center stint of Stephen Sondheim's Bounce, and the Off-Broadway evening of one-acts, Beckett/Albee. Variety also reports that Berlind and Roth will likely bring the upcoming revival of Craig Lucas' Reckless — at the Second Stage Theatre in spring 2004 — to Broadway. That production stars Mary Louise Parker under the direction of Mark Brokaw.

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