Report: Paul Newman's Our Town to Reach the Big Town; Show has Bway Plans

News   Report: Paul Newman's Our Town to Reach the Big Town; Show has Bway Plans The much publicized Westport Country Playhouse production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, starring Paul Newman, may soon arrive on Broadway, reported the New York Post.

The much publicized Westport Country Playhouse production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, starring Paul Newman, may soon arrive on Broadway, reported the New York Post.

The show closed as scheduled on June 22 at the Playhouse, earning respectable reviews. There was some scuttlebut that the mounting would be adopted by the Roundabout Theatre Company, which is planning its own Our Town this season. But the Post reported that that staging would be produced by Westport. 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.