Friday Flashback! Love Letters, Starring Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, Opens on Broadway

News   Friday Flashback! Love Letters, Starring Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow, Opens on Broadway
 
The Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters, which featured a rotating company of guest stars, officially opened Sept. 18, 2014 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The first company was comprised of award-winning actors Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow.

This production of Love Letters was directed by Gregory Mosher.

The production had scenic design by two-time Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Tony Award winner Peter Kaczorowski and casting by Telsey + Company (William Cantler, CSA and Andrew Femenella, CSA).

Love Letters, according to press notes, is a "disarmingly funny and unforgettably emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?"

Love Letters was produced by Nelle Nugent, Barbara Broccoli, Fredrick Zollo, Olympus Theatricals, Kenneth Teaton and Colleen Camp. The first reading of Love Letters took place at the New York Public Library, performed by Holland Taylor and A. R. Gurney. The original production was directed by John Tillinger and opened Nov. 3, 1988, at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT, starring Joanna Gleason and John Rubinstein, followed by a New York production opening March 27, 1989, at Off-Broadway’s Promenade Theatre, starring Kathleen Turner and John Rubinstein, where it ran for 64 performances. On Oct. 31, 1989, Love Letters opened at Broadway’s Edison Theatre, starring Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards, where it ran for 96 performances. Laura Linney and Steven Weber starred in a television version of the play.

A.R. Gurney's plays include Ancestral Voices, Another Antigone, Big Bill, Black Tie, Buffalo Gal, A Cheever Evening, Children, The Cocktail Hour, The Comeback, Darlene, Crazy Mary, The Dining Room, Family Furniture, Far East, The Fourth Wall, The Golden Age, The Golden Fleece, The Grand Manner, The Guest Lecturer, Heresy, Human Events, Indian Blood, Labor Day, Later Life, A Light Lunch, The Love Course, The Middle Ages, Mrs. Farnsworth, O Jerusalem, Office Hours, The Old One-Two, The Open Meeting, Overtime, The Old Boy, The Perfect Party, The Problem, Post Mortem, The Rape of Bunny Stuntz, Richard Cory, Scenes from American Life, Screen Play, The Snow Ball, Sweet Sue, Sylvia, The Wayside Motor Inn and What I Did Last Summer.

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