It's Official: Tovah Feldshuh to Be Golda at Off-Broadway's MET; Schwartz to Direct

News   It's Official: Tovah Feldshuh to Be Golda at Off-Broadway's MET; Schwartz to Direct Tovah Feldshuh will play Golda Meir in Golda's Balcony, the William Gibson play which will play Off-Broadway's MET Theatre beginning March 13, a spokesman told Playbill On-Line. Bat Boy's Scott Schwartz will direct.

MET is currently enjoying its biggest hit to date with Hank Williams: Lost Highway. The show recently extended to Feb. 23.

The Meir-focuses play, by the author of Two for the Seesaw and The Miracle Worker, looks at the life of the famous Israeli Prime Minister. It previously had a production at Shakespeare & Co. in the Berkshires last summer. MET claims the production will be an entirely different affair from the one seen in Lenox, MA.

The role will be Feldshuh's most significant one in some time. Feldshuh was one of the leading New York stage performers of the 1970s. She was nominated for Tony Awards for Yentl in 1976, Sarava in 1979 and Lend Me A Tenor in 1989, and won an Obie award in 1975. In recent years, she has appeared in a couple one-person cabaret shows, Tovah: Crossovah! and Tovah: Out of Her Mind!. She played Talullah Bankhead in her own play, Tallulah Hallelujah! a couple seasons back and last year starred in the short-lived American premiere of Jonathan Wilson's Kilt Off-Broadway at The Directors Company.

Schwartz, who directed Bat Boy and tick, tick...BOOM!, returns to MET after having staged The Castle there last season. He will reportedly helm Me and My Girl at Goodspeed Opera House this spring.

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.  Golda's Balcony is actually derived from a different play by Gibson, Golda, a large-cast show which starred Anne Bancroft and played on Broadway in 1977.

The MET space is at 55 Mercer Street in Manhattan. For information call (212) 925-1900.