By the time it ends, the bountiful 1995-96 Broadway season will have seen plays from William Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Sam Shepard, August Wilson, Edward Albee, Stephen Sondheim, William Inge, Brian Friel, August Strindberg -- and now Oscar Wilde.
Bill Kenwright has announced that he will transfer director Peter Hall's successful London revival of Wilde's comedy An Ideal Husband to Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre, with previews starting April 25 and an opening set for May 1, the last day of eligibility for the 1996 Tony Awards.
Wilde's 1895 play concerns Lord Goring, an apparently irresponsible dandy, who finds himself in the middle of an attempt by Mrs. Chevely to blackmail a former government official, Sir Robert Chiltern, whom everyone believes to be "an ideal husband.
The play was written during the same period as Wilde's masterpiece The Importance of Being Earnest, and debuted in London the same year.
The current revival of An Ideal Husband was a hit in London in 1992 and was brought back for a sold-out engagement this past January with a cast that includes Michael Denison, Dulcie Gray, Martin Shaw and David Yelland. All are scheduled to repeat their roles on Broadway. For information: (212) 239-6200.