The lauded London revival of Noises Off, Michael Frayn's backstage farce about the staging of a theatrical farce, will have a Broadway spinoff beginning in late September, according to industry sources.
Casting notices indicate director Jeremy Sams will recreate his 2000 Royal National Theatre staging, which toured the UK earlier this year before sitting down for its current commercial run at the West End's Piccadilly Theatre.
Ambassador Theatre group, Elizabeth Williams and Anita Waxman, Ned erlander Presentations Inc., ACT Productions will produce the Broadway revival production, aimed at a Nederlander Theatre for a Sept. 25 first preview and an Oct. 11 opening, according to casting notices sent to agents. An official public announcement of the hit - which had a popular, Tony Award-nominated run on Broadway in the 1983-84 season - is expected shortly.
Frayn's 1982 farce concerns a fifth-rate British theatre company putting on a tired sex farce called Nothing On. Frayn gives us a v iew of both the backstage antics of the troupe and the on-stage performance of farce they are playing. The play's title is a theatrical term referring to offstage sound effects, usually made by the actors themselves.
The play has been an audience fav or ite for almost 20 years, playing in stock, regional and amateur venues. In 2000, Brian Murray starred in a revival at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey, recreating his Broadway role. Frayn won the 2000 Tony Award for his play, Copenhagen.