Patrick Wilson in Talks for Neil Simon Revival

News   Patrick Wilson in Talks for Neil Simon Revival Patrick Wilson, who will soon be seen on screens around the world in "The Phantom of the Opera," may make his non-musical Broadway debut in a classic Neil Simon play.
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Variety reports that the actor — best known to Broadway audiences for his Tony-nominated work in Oklahoma! and The Full Monty — is currently in negotiations to star in a Broadway-bound revival of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park. The New York Times reported in January 2004 that Robyn Goodman and Roy Gabay hoped to produce a Broadway revival of the Simon play. Scott Elliott, who helmed the Roundabout's revival of The Women, was announced as director. The Times said at the time that producer Goodman obtained the rights for Barefoot in the Park from Paramount Pictures. The movie studio bought the rights from Simon in 1965 for $150,000.

Patrick Wilson scored raves and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in HBO's "Angels in America." He received Tony nominations for his work in Oklahoma! and The Full Monty and made his Broadway debut in The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm. Beginning in mid-December, the actor will be seen as Raoul in the film of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera.

The original production of Barefoot in the Park began previews at the Biltmore Theatre on Oct. 21, 1963. The comedy officially opened Oct. 23 and ran through June 25, 1967, playing a total of 1,530 performances. Mike Nichols directed the play with a cast led by Elizabeth Ashley, Kurt Kasznar, Mildred Natwick, Robert Redford, Herbert Edelman and Joseph Keating.

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