Anthony Crivello is in discussions to return to Lincoln Center Theater this fall as one of the stars of the new Michael John LaChiusa musical, Marie Christine. Don Buchwald & Assoc., which reps Crivello, confirmed that his involvement was likely, though nothing had been signed. He would act opposite that show's female star, Audra McDonald.
Also in the cast of Marie are up-and-coming star Darius de Haas and Mary Testa. Marie Christine will begin previews on Oct. 28 at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.
Crivello starred in the Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman.
The omnipresent McDonald most recently starred as Sarah in Ragtime, for which she won her third Tony (the previous two were for Master Class and Carousel ). Though McDonald has been a star in the New York theatre world for some time now, this will represent the first time she has been asked to carry a Broadway musical on her own. According to Charles Kopelman, LaChiusa's agent, the lead role in Marie was written with McDonald in mind.
Darius de Haas made his name in the Off-Off-Broadway musical The Running Man, which played briefly at HERE earlier this year. Testa has had a busy year. Apart from the Broadway revival of On the Town, and the accompanying Tony nod, she appeared earlier this spring in the Encores! concert presentation of The Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, taking the roles created by Fanny Brice, and will soon open in the Central Park production of Tartuffe. LaChiusa, who earned a cult following with his Hello Again Off Broadway and Chronicle of a Death Foretold on Broadway, is again collaborating with director-choreographer Graciela (Ragtime) Daniele on Marie Christine, which is described as "a quasi-operatic version of Medea, set in 1880s New Orleans and Chicago."