Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris will be doing their Waiting in the Wings at the Walter Kerr Theatre this fall, confirmed a show spokesman. The Noel Coward U.S. premiere will begin previews at the Broadway house Dec. 3 for a Dec. 16 opening.
The Walter Kerr has become a very popular theatre of late. It is currently the home of Conor McPherson's The Weir. The McPherson play has not posted a closing date, but the current Irish cast's contracts run out in September, and business has not been robust.
Furthermore, the new revival of O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Cherry Jones, and directed by Dan Sullivan, has named the Kerr as its home should it land on Broadway in March 2000 as scheduled. The was no word on whether Wings, which is scheduled for an open run, is planning to move from the Kerr to another theatre to accommodate Moon.
Harris was last seen on Broadway in the Lincoln Center Theater revival of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance, a role which won her a Tony nomination. She also starred on Broadway in An Inspector Calls and won the Tony in 1966 for her performance in The Lion in Winter.
Bacall has occasionally graced Broadway, most notably in the musicals Woman of the Year and Applause. She won Tony Awards for both. On television, she performed with Coward in 1956 CBS production of Blithe Spirit. Bacall is still best known, however, for her early film roles opposite Humphrey Bogart, including "To Have and Have Not" and "Key Largo." Waiting in the Wings has never been produced in America. The show's Broadway launch will be preceded by a Boston tryout at the Colonial Theatre, Nov. 13-28. The Dec. 16 New York opening will coincide with the 100th birthday of its author, playwright-composer-singer-actor bon vivant Noel Coward. Coward, who died in 1973, is the author of such works as Private Lives, Hay Fever, Present Laughter, Design for Living and The Vortex.
Alexander Cohen, Chase Mishkin, Steven M. Levy, and Leonard Soloway produce.