Hoping for the same theatrical magic that struck The Heiress, director Gerald Gutierrez and actress Cherry Jones will collaborate again, this time on a Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's A Moon For The Misbegotten. Rehearsals are targeted for Aug. 1999, with a fall 1999 opening to follow at a theatre TBA.
As reported by Theatrical Index (July 6), Elliot Martin is lead producer of the staging on Broadway; he also produced the legendary Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards mounting of the drama.
"I've wanted to reproduce this play for several years," Martin told Playbill On-Line (July 7). "But the kind of actress who can play Josie comes along very rarely. Cherry just hit the bell when I saw her in Pride's Crossing. And lo and behond she's wanted to do it for several years. In fact, she'd been talking with Gerry (Gutierrez) for several years about this play, unbeknownst to me. So it's a natural thing."
Casting is currently underway for the male roles, with major names apparently being courted.
Recent productions of O'Neill's classic, about the two weak men in Josie Hogan's life, have included a mounting at Off-Broadway's Pearl Theatre Company. Moon hasn't been on Broadway since a 1984 staging with Kate Nelligan. Wendy Hiller originated the role of Josie in 1957, though Colleen Dewhurst is most identified with it, mainly for a 1973 revival that co-starred Jason Robards. Other plays by O'Neill include Ah, Wilderness, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Hairy Ape, Mourning Becomes Electra and The Iceman Cometh, also due for a Broadway revival when a current London production with Kevin Spacey crosses the Atlantic.
Jones has won major acclaim for nearly every New York show she's done, including Good Night Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet; The Baltimore Waltz, Our Country's Good, Night of the Iguana and Pride's Crossing. Gutierrez's credits include Honour, Once Upon A Mattress and the recent Lincoln Center revival of A Delicate Balance. Both Jones and Gutierrez won Tonys for The Heiress.