The much-publicized Westport Country Playhouse production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, starring Paul Newman, will recreate Grover's Corners in the Booth Theatre, the New York Post reported.
The show closed as scheduled on June 22 at the Playhouse, earning respectable reviews. The Broadway staging would be produced by Westport. It would be the first Westport production to transfer to Broadway in nearly 20 years. (In days gone by, such Westport-to-Manhattan transfers were common.) James Naughton would direct again.
The Post said the run would last only eight weeks, and speculated that, in order for such a short run to be profitable, tickets would sell for $100—making the show an event production along the lines of the Kevin Spacey The Iceman Cometh of a few seasons back.
Newman played the folksy Stage Manager, with Jeffrey DeMunn and Jane Curtin as Mr. and Mrs. Webb, Frank Converse and Jayne Atkinson as Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs. John Braden was Prof. Willard and Jake Robards was Howie Newsome. Stephen Spinella played Simon Stimpson and Mia Dillon filled the role of Mrs. Soames. Finally, the production's young lovers were Ben Fox as George Gibbs and Maggie Lacey as Emily Gibbs.
The entire cast has signed on for the project, according to the Post. The Roundabout Theatre Company recently canceled its proposed staging of Our Town, citing as a reason the newly expensive actors salaries settled upon in the recent Actors' Equity negotiations.