The typical debate about Broadway theatre comes down to this: is it art or commerce? Well, producer David Pugh hopes his Art will be very commercial, as plans are underway to bring the London hit -- which won the Olivier Award Feb. 16 for Best Comedy -- to Broadway.
Variety's Feb. 17 issue reports that the show is looking at the Booth (currently housing Defedning the Caveman), Plymouth (Jekyll & Hyde) and Walter Kerr (Present Laughter) theatres as venues for a $1.4 million production, with Kevin Spacey eyed as the star.
The Yasmina Reza comedy/drama looks at three friends whose relationship is turned upside down when one buys a work of modern art. Christopher Hampton, of Les Liaisons Dangereuses fame, adapted the play after its successful run in France. Starring in the London version, directed by Matthew Warchus, are Tom Courtenay, Albert Finney and Ken Stott.
As reported by Variety and confirmed by her office, American producer Joan Cullman is now on the production team, which also includes investor Sean Connery. Currently in Jamaica, Cullman will be out of the U.S. until March.
Tom Courtenay, who appeared Off-Broadway in Moscow Stations, is best known for his work in the films, The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner and The Dresser, where he co-starred with Albert Finney (of Tom Jones renown).