As previously reported, Farrah Fawcett is in discussions for the title role. Variety also mentioned Ryan O'Neal as a possibility for Bobbi's husband. In recent casting notices, the role of the husband was listed as "cast." David Esbjornson will direct the play.
Bobbi Boland had a run Off-Broadway at the ArcLight Theatre in spring 2001. The show opened March 1 after previews started Feb. 15. Evan Bergman directed a cast including Rose McGuire, Gregg Henry, Holiday Segal, Byron Loyd, David Little and Tanya Clarke.
The play is set in Florida in the late 1960s and demonstrates how far a former beauty queen will go to protect her realm. The character Bobbi has built a life that could be compared to a shrine, symbolized by the glass cabinet in her living room that houses her 1947 crown. Boland's formal world is tossed into upheaval with the arrival of a young, beautiful woman.
The new staging is being produced by Deep End Productions.
Farrah Fawcett was a 1970s bombshell blonde in TV's "Charlie's Angels" but also impressed critics with her work in the TV movie, "The Burning Bed," and the film version of the play Extremities.
Ryan O'Neal's film career thrived in the early 1970s, which such movies as "Love Story," "Paper Moon" and "What's Up Doc?" He was once romantically linked to Fawcett.