Broadway is poised to be saying "Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson," as the stage version of Mike Nichols' classic 1967 film comedy strives to reach Broadway this spring. A spokesperson for Kathleen Turner at Rogers and Cowen confirmed (Aug. 22) long-held rumors that the actress is in negotiating to repeat her much-ballyhooed London turn as seductress Mrs. Robinson in the New York staging.
Production spokespersons at the Barlow-Hartman press office confirmed that Turner was in negotiations but added, "The producers, John Reid and Sacha Brooks, are in negotiations, but there are no production details at this point."
No word, then, on who will play Benjamin, the role that launched Dustin Hoffman into film stardom, but the New York Post has reported that Alicia Silverstone, of "Clueless" fame, is in talks to play Elaine, Ben's girlfriend and Mrs. Robinson's naive daughter (played on film by Katherine Ross).
The Graduate is written by Terry Johnson, adapted from the original novel by Charles Webb and the motion picture screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry. Johnson also directs the London mounting, with sets by Rob Howell, lighting by Hugh Vanstone and sound by Mike Walker. The Graduate is produced in the West End by John Reid and Sacha Brooks. The show opened at the Gielgud April 5, 2000.
Appearing until Sept. 29, Hollywood actress Anne Archer is the latest UK Mrs. Robinson, following Turner, Jerry Hall and Amanda Donohoe. The part was first made famous by Anne Bancroft . Turner originated the role in April 2000 and caused a sensation by dropping a towel and appearing naked, albeit briefly and in dim lighting. Turner's return to Broadway has been long awaited, since she was promised last season in a solo turn, Tallulah. The "Romancing the Stone," "Body Heat" and Indiscretions actress played the elegant, heavy-lidded Tallulah Bankhead in the show, which premiered in Chichester in 1997 and enjoyed a run at FL's Coconut Grove Theatre in 1999.