Exclusive: Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight Lead Cast of Hello Again Film Adaptation

News   Exclusive: Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight Lead Cast of Hello Again Film Adaptation Tony Award winner Audra McDonald leads a star-studded ensemble cast currently in New York City shooting the film adaptation of Michael John LaChiusa's 1994 musical Hello Again. Martha Plimpton, T.R. Knight, Rumer Willis and Jenna Ushkowitz are also among the project's intertwining lovers.
Audra McDonald
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Hello Again has words and music by LaChiusa, and is suggested by Arthur Schnitzler's 1900 Vienna-set play La Ronde, which shows the connections made between ten related couples. Lincoln Center Theater produced the musical Off-Broadway in 1993-94; a cast album preserves the score.

LaChiusa has written new material for the film.

In addition to six-time Tony winner McDonald (Porgy and Bess, Lady Day..., Ragtime), Emmy winner Plimpton (Pal Joey, "The Good Wife"), Emmy nominee Knight (It's Only a Play, "Grey's Anatomy"), Willis (Chicago, "Dancing with the Stars") and Ushkowitz ("Glee," Spring Awakening), the cast features Nolan Gerard Funk ("Awkward"), Sam Underwood ("The Following"), Tyler Blackburn ("Pretty Little Liars") and Al Calderon ("Stealing Cars").

Hello Again, according to the film's creators, "follows 10 lost souls who skip across 10 periods in New York City history, slipping in and out of one another's arms and beds in a daisy-chained exploration of lust’s bittersweet embrace of love." Tom Gustafson ("Mariachi Gringo," "Were the World Mine") is directing the film, which has a screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg ("Getting Go," "Mariachi Gringo," "Were the World Mine").

The film is produced by Ash Christian, Tom Gustafson, Cory Krueckeberg and Hunter Arnold. Devon Schneider is co-producing. Gregory Rae and Carl D. White from Martian Entertainment are co-executive producers.

A timeline for the film's release has not been announced.

A five-time Tony Award nominee, LaChiusa has written the Broadway musicals The Wild Party, Marie Christine and Chronicle of a Death Foretold. His Off-Broadway credits include Hello Again, First Lady Suite, Little Fish, See What I Wanna See, The Petrified Prince, Bernarda Alba, Giant, Queen of the Mist and First Daughter Suite.

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