Frankie and Johnny Plays Detroit in September; Stars Expected for Developing Tour

News   Frankie and Johnny Plays Detroit in September; Stars Expected for Developing Tour The upcoming U.S. tour of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune will play the Fisher Theatre in Detroit in September, it was announced. It is the second market to emerge, after San Francisco's Curran Theatre in winter 2004.

A spokesman for tour producer The Araca Group, which produced the recent Broadway revival of the play, said the road map for the venture was still being drawn. The production will feature two name stars yet to be announced. Offers are out, but all that is known at this point is the marquee won't feature any of the headliners seen on Broadway, including original stars Edie Falco and Stanley Tucci and their replacements, Rosie Perez and Joe Pantoliano. Frankie and Johnny, which had its premiere Off-Broadway in the mid-80s (and was later a film), is about a world-weary diner waitress and short order cook and their last ditch effort to find love in a disappointing world. Classical music on the radio, post-coital meal-making and guarded hearts are part of the hard-edged romantic comedy.

The Broadway production was a surprise hit, with Falco and Tucci's star power helping the outing recoup its investment in speedy fashion. Perez and Pantoliano proved less of an audience magnet. The show closed on March 9 at the Belasco Theatre.