Gibson's Golda Starts Previews on Broadway, Oct. 3

News   Gibson's Golda Starts Previews on Broadway, Oct. 3
 
Tovah Feldshuh's reign as Golda Meir continues Oct. 3, when the Broadway transfer of the oft-extended Off-Broadway hit, Golda's Balcony, begins at the Helen Hayes Theatre.
Tovah Feldshuh in the MET production of Golda's Balcony.
Tovah Feldshuh in the MET production of Golda's Balcony. Photo by Aaron Leichter

Official opening is Oct. 15. The one-person play by William Gibson started performances at the Manhattan Ensemble Theatre way back on March 13. Following its opening on March 26, to solid reviews, it extended several times.

Feldshuh, who plays former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, has earned three Tony Award nominations, for Yentl, Sarava and Lend Me a Tenor, but she hasn't been on Broadway since 1990.

As for playwright Gibson, who is just shy of 89 years old, it will be his first Broadway credit since writing the book to the short-lived 1986 musical Raggedy Ann. His biggest successes were, of course, the late-50s hits Two for the Seesaw and The Miracle Worker.

With Golda, director Scott Schwartz will likely have two shows on Broadway in 2002-03, the other being a probable Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Larry Shue's The Foreigner. His Off-Broadway credits include Bat Boy, tick, tick...BOOM! and The Castle at MET.

Golda's Balcony was originally derived from a different play by Gibson, Golda, a large-cast show which starred Anne Bancroft and played on Broadway in 1977. Gibson converted it into a one-person drama, which had a production at Shakespeare & Co. in the Berkshires in summer 2002. The MET production is, furthermore, a different version than the one seen in Lenox, MA.

The design team of Golda's Balcony includes wig and hair designer Paul Huntley, set designer Anna Louizos, light designer Howell Binkley, costume designer Jess Goldstein, properties designer Kathy Fabian, and projection designer Robin Silvestri of Batwin + Robin Productions.

Tovah Feldshuh in the MET production of <i>Golda's Balcony.</i>
Tovah Feldshuh in the MET production of Golda's Balcony. Photo by Aaron Epstein
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