Roundabout Theatre Company — in association with Jonathan Reinis, Jamie Cesa, Eva Price & Berkeley Repertory Theatre — present the Broadway run at Studio 54, one of Roundabout's three homes on Broadway. Opening is Oct. 4.
Created and performed by Fisher and directed by Tony Taccone (Bridge & Tunnel), this is the Broadway premiere of the biographical show seen at regional theatres since 2006. This is a limited engagement through Jan. 3, 2010.
Alexander V. Nichols will provide scenic, lighting and projection design.
According to the producers, "In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher recounts the true and intoxicating tale of her life as a Hollywood legend, told with the same wry wit she poured into bestsellers like 'Postcards from the Edge.' The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the first 'Star Wars' trilogy at 19 years old. Forever changed, Carrie's life did not stay picture perfect. Fisher is the life of the party in this uproarious and sobering look at her Hollywood hangover."
Wishful Drinking premiered in November 2006 at the Geffen Playhouse and enjoyed an extended engagement there through January 2007. Following that premiere, the show has completed successful runs at a number of not-for-profit theatre organizations around the country including Berkeley Repertory Theatre (February 2008), Arena Stage (September 2008), Huntington Theatre Company (October 2008) and Seattle Repertory Theatre (April 2009). A published memoir under the same title came out during the regional run of the play. "Wishful Drinking" the book, based on the play, was on the New York Times bestseller list for 14 weeks, and will be available in paperback from Simon & Schuster in fall 2009.
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 and online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.
Wishful Drinking will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2 PM. Prices range from $31.50-$111.50.