Inherit the Wind Return Looks Iffy

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It's looking unlikely that National Actors Theatre will be able to reopen its hit Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind this fall, as producer Tony Randall had hoped.

It's looking unlikely that National Actors Theatre will be able to reopen its hit Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind this fall, as producer Tony Randall had hoped.

"Mr. Randall would like to bring it back, but it is a bit of a dream," a NAT spokesperson at Springer Associates said June 5. "There's not a great chance that it will be back."

Despite strong ticket sales, Inherit the Wind closed in late May after star George C. Scott withdrew owing to an ailment described in one report as an aortic aneurysm, the same condition that killed Rent author Jonathan Larson in January. Scott was also in the midst of a tabloid scandal involving a female assistant's charges of sexual harassment.

Randall was confidently predicting the reopening of the show, with Scott, as recently as May 15. But the spokesperson said "Scott has expressed interest [in the reopening] but his health is very shaky and he hasn't had surgery yet."

Though the set has not been removed from the Royale Theatre, the spokesperson also said "It would be pretty tough to bring back because of the cast of 50. If Scott doesn't come back, it will be even harder with all of the cast changing." The spokesperson said the rest of the 1996-97 season for the National Actors Theatre is still up in the air, with Randall considering several undisclosed plays. The spokesperson said Randall is going to England to appear in a production of The Odd Couple and may not make up his mind until the end of the summer.

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