B'way Anne Frank To Begin Boston Tryout Oct. 28

News   B'way Anne Frank To Begin Boston Tryout Oct. 28 Tickets are now on sale for James Lapine's Broadway revival of The Diary of Anne Frank, which begins previews Nov. 21 at the Music Box Theatre.
Natalie Portman as Anne Frank
Natalie Portman as Anne Frank Photo by Photo by Frank W. Ockenfels III

Tickets are now on sale for James Lapine's Broadway revival of The Diary of Anne Frank, which begins previews Nov. 21 at the Music Box Theatre.

The show is scheduled to open Dec. 4, with tickets on sale via TeleCharge, (212) 239-6200. Before Broadway, the production is scheduled to try out in October at Boston, MA's Colonial Theatre, Oct. 28-Nov. 16.

George Hearn, Sophie Hayden, Austin Pendleton, Harris Yulin, Linda Lavin and Natalie Portman star in the revival.

Lapine (Sunday in the Park With George, Into the Woods) directs the 1955 drama about a Dutch Jewish teenager hiding with her family from the Nazis during World War II. Fifteen-year-old actress Natalie Portman will portray Frank, who died in a concentration camp after her family was discovered and lived on in her diaries, which were found by the family that hid her. Portman reportedly regards Frank as a personal hero.

Hearn (La Cage Aux Folles), a two-time Tony winner , will play Anne's father, Otto Frank. Hayden (Tony nominee for The Most Happy Fella) plays Mrs. Frank. Pendleton (Fiddler on the Roof) will play Mr. Dussel; Yulin (The Visit) will play Mr. Van Daan and Lavin, who received a Tony Award for Neil Simon's Broadway Bound and is best known for starring in the 70's TV sitcom, "Alice," will play Mrs. Van Daan. Also in the cast are Jonathan Kaplan (Tony nominee as Jason in Falsettos) as Peter Van Daan, Rachel Miner as Margot, Jessica Walling as Miep and Philip Goodwin as Mr. Kraler.

The revival will use a revised script that "includes more frank material than the original, such as the young girl's sexual awakening," Variety reported. According to the Publicity Office, playwright Wendy Kesselman will adapt the Albert Hackett/Frances Goodrich drama with passages from the 1995 Doubleday volume, "The Diary Of A Young Girl: The Definitive Edition," which contains 30 percent more material than was originally published.

Portman, who had appeared previously in 1994's The Professional and 1996's Beautiful Girls, pulled out of a Robert Redford film in order to star in the revival. She appeared in the recent films Mars Attacks! and Woody Allen's Everybody Says I Love You but withdrew from The Horse Whisperer, directed by Redford, in order to do the revival.

Designers for the show include costumer Martin Pakledinaz (The Life), set designer Adrienne Lobel (Passion), lighting designer Brian MacDevitt (Master Class), and sound designer Dan Moses Schreier (Noise/Funk).

For tickets & information on The Diary Of Anne Frank at the Music Box Theatre, call (212) 239-6200. You will also be able to order tickets on Playbill On-Line.

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