Jack O'Brien Hopes London Hit His Girl Friday Will Come to New York

News   Jack O'Brien Hopes London Hit His Girl Friday Will Come to New York Director Jack O'Brien, a 2003 Tony winner for Hairspray, said he hoped his latest effort, London's His Girl Friday, would come to New York. The play, a new version of the classic Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur comedy The Front Page by playwright John Guare, recently opened at London's National Theatre to positive reviews.

"It's a play we've cobbled together from The Front Page and the movie 'His Girl Friday' and thankfully, it's a great success," said O'Brien in the Tony press room. "I'd love to have New York see it." O'Brien admitted that the production would be tough to transfer, given its size. "It has 30 actors," he said. "You know the economics of that. We can do it at the National Theatre, which is subsidized." He said that his frequent New York home, Lincoln Center Theater, was a possible destination for His Girl Friday. "A few of the people involved are veterans of Lincoln Center: myself, set designer Bob Crowley and John Guare."

O'Brien will direct Henry IV at Lincoln Center this fall. Last season, he directed The Invention of Love by Tom Stoppard, another Lincoln Center outing.