The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced its 2000-2001 season, which comprises plays and/or musicals by Noël Coward, Brian Friel, Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, Sean O'Casey, Eugene O'Neill, Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman. Facing the challenge of financing a $21 million reconstruction of the former Selwyn Theatre, Roundabout is banking on a strong fundraising campaign and the contributions of proven theatre luminaries like Christine Baranski, John Crowley, Nathan Lane, David Leveaux, Joe Mantello, Matthew Warchus and Jerry Zaks to make next season's offerings memorable.
Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes announced the following schedule, which begins June 27.
The following productions are slated for the American Airlines Theatre (the former Selwyn) at 227 West 42nd Street:
• The Man Who Came to Dinner by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman
Previews begin June 27.
Directed by Jerry Zaks, starring Nathan Lane and Christine Baranski, The Man Who Came To Dinner is the story of a pompous writer and critic (Lane) who is forced to stay with a Midwestern family while thoroughly disrupting their lives one winter. Tony Award-winner Lane returns to Broadway having last appeared in Roundabout's She Stoops to Conquer. Lane's Broadway credits include Guys and Dolls, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Love! Valour! Compassion! Two-time Tony Award winner Baranski makes her Roundabout debut in The Man Who Came To Dinner. Baranski returns to the stage after appearing as a series regular in the CBS series "Cybill." Her New York credits include Tony Award winning performances in Rumors and The Real Thing. Four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks directed Lane in both Guys and Dolls (Tony Award) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. His other credits include Six Degrees of Separation (Tony Award), Lend Me a Tenor (Tony Award), The House of Blue Leaves (Tony Award), Smokey Joe's Cafe and Anything Goes.
• Desire Under the Elms by Eugene O'Neill
Directed by David Leveaux, casting has not been announced. Desire is Eugene O'Neill's riveting story of a rural family devastated by hatred and greed. Leveaux directed Roundabout's Tony Award-winning production of Anna Christie. He is also attached to the new Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing. • Design for Living by Noël Coward
Director Joe Mantello returns to the Roundabout, where he helmed Off-Broadway's award-winning production of The Mineola Twins. This Coward comedy takes a trio of decadent artists seeking true love on a romp through London, Paris and New York. Mentioned for the cast are Alan Cumming, Julianne Moore and Rupert Everett.
• The Faith Healer by Brian Friel
Though director, cast and venue have yet to be assigned, Friel's Faith Healer should be predictably compelling, with three characters caught between a restrained past and an unattainable future. Roundabout has produced Friel's Molly Sweeney and Give Me Your Answer, Do! as well as a Broadway revival of Philadelphia, Here I Come!. Friel's plays include the 1992 Tony Award winner for Best Play Dancing at Lughnasa. Like Molly Sweeney, Faith Healer is told in alternating monologues.
• Follies by Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman
As reported first by Playbill On-Line, this first Broadway production of Follies since 1971 will be directed by Matthew Warchus (True West). On the eve of the destruction of the story's Weissman Theatre, a cast reunion plays out as an elaborate "then and now" revue as the older actors reconcile their dreams and visions of their younger selves.
The following productions are slated for the Roundabout Theatre Company at the Gramercy Theatre (Off-Broadway) at 127 East 23rd Street:
• Juno and the Paycock by Sean O'Casey
Directed by John Crowley, associate director of the Donmar Warehouse in London, Juno involves a poor -- and briefly rich -- family's travails during the Dublin Civil War.
Production sources reported that two additional Off-Broadway productions are planned and will be announced shortly by the Roundabout.
According to a Roundabout paper statement, "the coming season will bring a 40 percent increase in tickets available to students through Roundabout's Education Department. The bulk of this increase will go to Roundabout's Page to Stage program, which brings theatre into the classroom, applying aspects of Roundabout's productions to a variety of scholastic subjects."