Hitchcock Blonde Now Headed for February Broadway Opening

News   Hitchcock Blonde Now Headed for February Broadway Opening Terry Johnson's Hitchcock Blonde, which enjoyed a run at London's Royal Court Theatre in April 2003 before transferring to the West End's Lyric Theatre, and which was recently reported as being headed to Broadway this fall, will now arrive in February 2005, Variety reported.

Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski — who played the blond, slinky seductress Carla in Nine — is a possibility to star, according to the actress' agency.

Olivier Award-winning set designer William Dudley will be busy working on Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White through September, Variety explained.

The play interweaves three stories (set in 1919, 1959 and 1999) that all involve the legendary filmmaker who had an affinity for blondes. The 1999 plotline follows a lecturer and his student uncovering lost Hitchcock footage from an unknown 1919 film in a Greek villa, while the 1959 story finds Hitchcock himself as a character, working with Janet Leigh's body double on the movie "Psycho."

Playwright Johnson is best known for his stage adaptation of the film "The Graduate," which was reviled by critics but lapped up by audiences.

Last year's Best Featured Actress in a musical Krakowski won for her turn in the Tony-winning revival of Nine. The actress, known for her TV work on "Ally McBeal," was also previously nominated for Grand Hotel. She is set to star in the upcoming NBC television musical "A Christmas Carol" as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Bond girl Rosamund Pike ("Die Another Day") starred in the London stagings as The Blonde with William Hootkins as Alfred Hitchcock. David Haig, Fiona Glascott and Owen McDonnell also starred. Johnson directed his own work with designs by Dudley (also video projections), lighting by Simon Corder and sound by Ian Dickinson.

Johnson has written and directed the plays Dead Funny and Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick. Other plays include Hysteria, Imagine Drowning, Cries from the Mammal House, Unsuitable for Adults and Insignificance. His West End directing credits include The Memory of Water, Elton John's Glasses, Entertaining Mr. Sloane and the world premiere of Philip Ridley's Sparkleshark.

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