Broadway's Nine Revival May Extend with Star Antonio Banderas

News   Broadway's Nine Revival May Extend with Star Antonio Banderas Antonio Banderas told Playbill On-Line that the current Broadway revival of Nine may possibly extend to November. The star confirmed he will stay with the production in his Tony Award-nominated role for the extension.
Antonio Banderas with the ladies of Nine.
Antonio Banderas with the ladies of Nine. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

"It's a strong possibility," Banderas revealed at a Tony Awards press event, May 14. "It doesn't have anything to do with the Tonys or anything like that. It has to do with the pleasure of doing theatre in the conditions in which I am doing it now, with the people I have surrounding me. And with the audiences standing up every night, it's a beautiful experience."

The Spanish-born film star makes his Broadway debut in the new David Leveaux staging of Nine as the show's focal character Guido Contini opposite a cast of women including Chita Rivera ("West Side Story"), Jane Krakowski ("Ally McBeal"), Laura Benanti (Into The Woods) and Mary Stuart Masterson ("Fried Green Tomatoes").

Rivera, Krakowski and Masterson also received Tony Award nominations in the Featured Actress category. The three actress also conceded that they will stay with the show. Masterson quipped, "I told Antonio 'Until death do us part.'"

Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of the Maury Yeston-Arthur Kopit musical Nine, recently extended its limited engagement to Aug. 10 at the O'Neill, 230 West 49 St. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.

Antonio Banderas onstage in <i>Nine</i>
Antonio Banderas onstage in Nine (Photo by Joan Marcus)