Musical 110 in the Shade, Heartbreak House and Friel's Home Place Join Roundabout Season

News   Musical 110 in the Shade, Heartbreak House and Friel's Home Place Join Roundabout Season Audra McDonald in 110 in the Shade, Philip Bosco in George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House and the American premiere of Brian Friel's The Home Place join the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2006-2007 season lineup.

110 in the Shade star Audra McDonald.
110 in the Shade star Audra McDonald. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The aforementioned productions join the previously announced American premiere of Patrick Marber's Howard Katz starring Alfred Molina (as directed by Doug Hughes) and the world premiere co-production (with San Diego's Old Globe) of Greg Kotis' Pig Farm starring Katie Finneran, Logan Marshall-Green and Denis O'Hare (as directed by John Rando).

Director Lonny Price first broke the news of McDonald's casting in the Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones and N. Richard Nash musical to Playbill.com's Harry Haun Feb. 21. The company now confirms the four-time Tony award winner will star as Lizzie Curry in the upcoming Broadway revival directed by Price.

Slated for a spring 2007 debut at Studio 54, 110 in the Shade is a musical take on Nash's play The Rainmaker by the team that created The Fantasticks. "The mercurial Starbuck promises rain for a drought-stricken town and passion for the stalwart but resigned Lizzie," according to production notes.

Bosco — last seen at Roundabout in Twelve Angry Men on Broadway — will star as Captain Shotover in the upcoming Broadway revival of Shaw's Heartbreak House. The constant star marks his 13th production with the company in winter 2007 at the American Airlines Theatre. The drama follows "the unlikely romantic encounters that occur in an estate on the English countryside." A director is yet to be announced.

Joe Dowling will stage the American Premiere of The Home Place by Dancing at Lughnasa playwright Brian Friel at Roundabout Off-Broadway home at the Laura Pels Theatre. The work which debuted in Dublin in 2005 will come stateside for a spring/summer 2007 run. "The widowed Christopher Gore, his son David and the woman they are both in love with, their housekeeper Margaret, live in The Lodge in Ballybeg" in a "seemingly serene life" until the arrival of an English cousin. Marber's Howard Katz will also make its American premiere in Roundabout's Off-Broadway season in winter 2006. Set in London, the work centers on the downward spiral of the eponymous cutthroat talent agent whose life has taken a turn for the worse.

Kotis' Pig Farm follows the Orwellian tale where a man, woman and their hired fight to hold onto what they have when an Environmental Protection Agency inspector comes calling.

Tickets to Roundabout productions will be available by calling Roundabout ticket services at (212) 719-1300. For more information, go online to www.roundabouttheatre.org.