Before Faye Dunaway makes her return to Broadway in Tea at Five this summer, she'll first take the stage in Boston.
The Oscar winner will take on the role of Katharine Hepburn in the monologue play at the Huntington Theatre, playing a pre-Broadway engagement June 21 through July 7. The John Tillinger-directed staging's previously announced New York bow will follow at a theatre to be announced.
Lombardo has been at work on crafting a new version of the piece, which originally premiered in 2002 with Kate Mulgrew. The new production, produced by Ben Feldman and Scott Beck, will streamline the two-act format into 90 minutes and focus primarily on Hepburn in 1983 as she recovers from her car accident injury and looks back on her famed romance with Spencer Tracy.
Tea at Five will mark the Network Oscar winner's first Broadway performance since 1982's The Curse of an Aching Heart. Her additional stage credits include the national tour of Master Class (playing another legendary performer: Maria Callas) and Broadway's The Changeling, But For Whom Charlie, and After the Fall in repertory.
The Boston area has recently played host to two other shows slated to open on Broadway in the 2019–2020 season: the Alanis Morissette musical Jagged Little Pill, which made its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, and the musical adaptation of Moulin Rouge!, which reopened the Emerson Colonial Theatre. The Colonial will also be home to the world premiere of the Broadway-aimed Magic Mike musical.
The city's Huntington Theatre, home to the namesake Huntington Theatre Company, is at the center of an expansive redevelopment project that will involve a high-rise apartment complex directly east of the performance space. The new building will include a new lobby and event space for the theatre as well.
Tickets for the Boston engagement will go on sale March 4 at BostonTheatreScene.com.