You knew Henry Goodman would turn up on Broadway again somewhere. In fact, just days after the British actor's well-publicized dismissal from Broadway's The Producers, there were reports that Barry and Fran Weissler were courting the thespian for their long-running production of Chicago—a show Goodman had starred in in London.
Well, that deal didn't happen, but a gig in the Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming rendition of Moliere's Tartuffe might. Variety reported June 27 that Goodman was in talks to appear in the classic comedy about a lecherous zealot who holds a family in thrall. Brian Bedford has been long aboard to play Orgon. Confirmation from the Roundabout could not be attained by press time.
Last spring, Goodman was announced with much ballyhoo as the man who would step into Nathan Lane's Tony-winning shoes. The actor took over as Max Bialystock on March 19 and was due to open in the show in early May. He was terminated from the job following the Sunday, April 14 matinee performance, informed of the decision by his London agent over the phone.
Goodman was replaced with Lane's longtime understudy Brad Oscar. It was Oscar who reopened the show alongside Steven Weber.
Goodman has previously acted on Broadway in Art. Joe Dowling will direct Tartuffe. *
The Boys From Syracuse (first preview July 24), with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Lorenz Hart, book by George Abbott, book updated by Nicky Silver, will be directed by Scott Ellis at The American Airlines Theatre. Based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, this farcical musical comedy tells the tale of two sets of identical twins and the women who can't tell them apart. It's set in ancient Rome.
The Look of Love, The Songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, featuring the choreography of Ann Reinking and staging by Scott Ellis at a Broadway venue in spring 2003. This musical revue includes more than 30 Bacharach David landmark melodies" such as "I Say a Little Prayer," "Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head," "Alfie," "What the World Needs Now Is Love," "Wishin' and Hopin'," "Walk on By" and "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?"
Tartuffe by Moliere, translated by Richard Wilbur, directed by Joe Dowling and starring Brian Bedford (Orgon) at the American Airlines Theatre in December.
Nine with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, book by Arthur Kopit and directed by David Leveaux at a Broadway venue TBA in March 2003. "Nine's central character, and only man in the musical, is Guido Contini, a film director in the Fellini mold. He has contracted to write and direct a film, but is unable to come up with a suitable plot. After recent box office failures, he finds himself drifting towards a nervous breakdown. Guido finds himself examining his past flawed relationships with the many women who have come through his life." Antonio Banderas has been mentioned for the lead role.
Spring Awakening, a new rock-musical with music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater and directed by Michael Mayer at an Off Broadway theater. The show is based on the 19th century German dramatist Frank Wedekind's tragedy, Spring Awakening. At a venue TBA in March 2003.
- Our Town is the beloved classic about the rituals of American small-town life, and the universality of human behaviors and milestones. A director and venue will be announced.
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