New York Theatre Workshop reportedly is in discussions to bring Paul Rudnick's new comedy The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told to its New York home. The play, a fantastical retelling of the tale of Adam and Eve which tackles such large questions as the existence of God, the need for belief, and the impact of Olivia Newton-John as a religious icon, opened on July 1 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA.
NYTW spokesman Don Summa said that nothing was definite as of yet, but Williamtown press rep Bart Reidy said the Off-Broadway company is considering the Rudnick show for its December slot.
The Williamstown cast features such New York theatre stalwarts as Becky Ann Baker, Jessica Hecht and Alan Tudyk. Filling out the cast of Fabulous are Leslie Ayvazian, Michi Barall, Peter Bartlett, Bobby Cannavale and Michael Wiggins. It is not known whether any of the actors will repeat their roles in New York.
Paul Rudnick, author of the comedies Jeffrey and I Hate Hamlet, was last represented in Manhattan this past spring by his one act Mr. Charles (featuring Bartlett) at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Christopher Ashley, director of Drama Dept.'s As Thousands Cheer, piloted the Williamstown production, which runs through July 12.
-- By Robert Simonson