Variety reports that the producing duo are onboard — reviews pending — to transfer Nilo Cruz's award-winning opus to Broadway after it plays New Jersey's McCarter Theatre this fall. Directed by Emily Mann with a cast led by Jimmy Smits, Anna in the Tropics is scheduled to play the McCarter Sept. 9-Oct. 19. Playwright Cruz — a former McCarter artist-in-residence — has set his play in a Cuban-American cigar factory in 1929. The factory employs "lectors" to entertain and educate the factory workers, and a new lector who reads aloud from Anna Karenina becomes "a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics, and the American dream prove a volatile combination." The company will also include former Rent-er Daphne Rubin-Vega, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine Tony winner Priscilla Lopez and Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train's John Ortiz. Rounding out the cast are Vanessa Aspillaga and David Zayas.
The industry paper also reports that Berlind and Roth will likely bring the upcoming revival of Craig Lucas' Reckless — at the Second Stage Theatre in spring 2004 — to Broadway. That production stars Mary Louise Parker under the direction of Mark Brokaw.