Latin pop star and Capeman actor Marc Anthony is currently in talks to star in the upcoming La Jolla Playhouse production of Lorca's Blood Wedding. Also rumored to be in discussions is film and recording star Jennifer Lopez ("Out of Sight"). The show will be directed by Mark Wing-Davey.
Offering the most definitive information on the story, Marc Anthony Productions told Playbill On-Line that the former star of Paul Simon's The Capeman is in talks for the play, "but nothing is definite."
A La Jolla Playhouse spokesperson told Playbill On-Line, "I can neither confirm nor deny any casting information on Blood Wedding."
Auditions for the La Jolla production are currently happening on both coasts. Auditions were held in Los Angeles on March 13-14 and will be held in New York on March 16-17.
Anthony is a two-time Grammy nominee, first recognized by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences first for a salsa recording in 1996 and again as Male Pop Artist in 2000 for "I Need to Know." Anthony's office said that the popular star had to record two new albums before anything could happen. La Jolla starts rehearsals for Blood Wedding on April 25 -- just six weeks away. Anthony is now on the road, not in the studio.
Anthony's spokesperson is currently on tour with the artist and a call was not returned by press time.
Though several sources have actress Jennifer Lopez connected with the project, her agent had no comment. Lopez has been in the headlines concerning her presence both at a nightclub shooting in Manhattan and in a car that was subsequently pursued by New York police following that incident. Lopez' companion, urban record mogul Sean Puffy Combs, and a bodyguard are still resolving legal issues with that case.
La Jolla artistic director Anne Hamburger recently announced her inaugural season. The scheduled plays for the San Diego theatre include Lorca's Blood Wedding, David Grimm's Sheridan (world premiere), Improbable Theatre's Lifegame (an American premiere), David Greig's The Cosmonaut's Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union (American premiere) and the musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie (world premiere). A sixth show has yet to be announced; this show will actually place fifth in the La Jolla season, running just before Millie.
La Jolla Playhouse is on the corner of La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road. For the theatre box office call (858) 550-1010. For information visit www.lajollaplayhouse.com