Pielmeier's Voices Still Waiting To Be Heard on Broadway

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Though announced months ago for this fall, John Pielmeier's thriller Voices In The Dark has yet to choose dates or a theatre for its Broadway incarnation, a spokesperson at producer Ben Sprecher's office told Playbill On-Line (Aug. 4).

Though announced months ago for this fall, John Pielmeier's thriller Voices In The Dark has yet to choose dates or a theatre for its Broadway incarnation, a spokesperson at producer Ben Sprecher's office told Playbill On-Line (Aug. 4).

Reached Aug. 5, Jonathan Hogan, who appeared in the show's Feb.-Mar. tryout at NJ's George Street Theatre, told Playbill On-Line he hadn't heard any news about the show's plans since the end of that run. As with the planned Broadway production, the NJ staging starred Gates McFadden, best known for playing Dr. Beverly Crusher on TV's "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

Back on May 13, producer Ben Sprecher said the show had yet to decide on a theatre, and would probably come in "after the Jewish holidays."

A George Street spokesperson told Playbill On-Line "[Voices] sold very well here; we made some good money." He also acknowledged the piece went through "lots of rewrites" during the tryout."

Originally targeted for this past April, Voices had to postpone because star McFadden was busy shooting the next "Next Generation" movie. Christopher Ashley directs Voices in the Dark, which tells of a radio psychologist trapped with a psycho in a snowed-in house. Hogan told Playbill On-Line he enjoyed his character because, "For a detective with a drinking problem, he had an antic disposition, a real sense of humor about what he was doing, no matter how bizarre. It was a lot of fun to do."

The play was mounted by Pielmeier himself (author of Agnes of God) back in October 1994 at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre. Says Sprecher, "It'll be fabulous. A big hit."

Designing the NJ and Broadway Voices are David Gallo (set), David C. Woolard (costumes) and Donald Holder (lighting). Co-starring in the George Street staging were Hogan (As Is), John Ahlin, Peter Bartlett, Nicole Fonarow, Larkin Malloy, Robert Petkoff and Charles Wagner IV.

Back in November 1997, Sprecher told the NY Times Voices was "a thriller for the 90's...It's not Wait Until Dark." The latter thriller starred Marisa Tomei and Quentin Tarantino and had a highly-publicized but ultimately unsuccessful run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre this past spring.

Sprecher also told the Times Voices has been targeting Broadway because he expected all the Off-Broadway theatres he operates to be booked.

Pielmeier's other works include Willi, which he appeared in at Seattle's ACT in 1991, Steeple Chase, The Boys of Winter and Impassioned Embraces.

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