Fallen Angels Still Looking for Place to Alight

News   Fallen Angels Still Looking for Place to Alight The new production of Noel Coward's Fallen Angels, backed by producer Bill Kenwright, has yet to announce its Broadway destination. The New York Times first reported Kenwright's plans a few weeks ago, saying the show was aimed at a March or April bow on Broadway with an American cast.

Some sources had the play going into the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, the home of Imaginary Friends, which recently announced a closing date of Feb. 16. No announcement about the Coward show or the Barrymore's new tenant has been made, however. Fallen Angels was seen in London in fall 2000, with Felicity Kendal and Frances de la Tour heading the cast. The play is about two women sitting, drinking and waiting for the same man. The Times mentioned Mercedes Ruehl and Christine Baranski as casting possibilities.

Kenwright told the Times he was talking to the Shubert Organization about a theatre. The Barrymore is a Shubert house, as is the Plymouth, newly available since The Graduate decided to throw in the towel.

Coward has a checkered track record on Broadway in recent years. Waiting in the Wings, a little-known piece by the playwright, did not make its money back despite stars Lauren Bacall and Rosemary Harris. But last season's Private Lives, with Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan, was a Tony-winning hit.