No Julie Andrews for Blake Edwards' Rosemary

News   No Julie Andrews for Blake Edwards' Rosemary
 
As reported by the New York Post, Cady Huffman, who recently appeared in Off-Broadway's Love Soup, may soon be back on Broadway. Producer Tony Adams confirms (July 20) that Huffman has been involved with workshops on a new play with music by Blake Edwards, The Big Rosemary.

As reported by the New York Post, Cady Huffman, who recently appeared in Off-Broadway's Love Soup, may soon be back on Broadway. Producer Tony Adams confirms (July 20) that Huffman has been involved with workshops on a new play with music by Blake Edwards, The Big Rosemary.

However, Adams contradicted a July 20 Post report that Edwards' wife, Julie Andrews, will take a supporting, non-singing role in Rosemary: "I just spoke to Julie and she's very upset. She's in no way involved in [Rosemary] other than as a supportive wife to Blake. There's no featured role for her even if she wanted to be in it."

The Post report of a Jan. 1999 Broadway premiere is apparently premature as well. According to Adams, the prohibition-era gangster farce, to be directed by its author, is likely to get an out-of-town tryout first, probably in late winter/early spring 1999.

No official casting has yet been announced, though producer Adams says the Rosemary project is very much on the front burner for Edwards.

Edwards, author and director of Broadway's Victor/Victoria, best known as a film director, with the Pink Panther series, 10, Mickey & Maude and S.O.B. among his credits. Huffman received a Tony nomination for playing "Ziegfeld's Favorite" in The Will Rogers Follies. Other Broadway credits include La Cage aux Folles and Big Deal.

Andrews supplied the (recorded) voice for one of the talking animals in the London stage adaptation of the Leslie Bricusse musical Doctor Dolittle, which opened July 14. She's also been announced to host a special diva event at New York's Carnegie Hall Sept. 28.

-- By David Lefkowitz

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