Molly Ringwald, Elizabeth Ashley and Mia Kirshner will headline Enchanted April on Broadway this spring, reported Variety. The adaptation of Elizabeth von Arnim's 1921 novel that began previews at Hartford Stage way back on Feb. 24, 2000, is now looking to open on Broadway in—when else—April.
Ringwald is a busy stage performer lately. She has also been mentioned for a return engagement in Broadway's Cabaret this summer. She drew plaudits for her performance as Sally Bowles early in 2002. Before that, she did a stint in Off-Broadway's tick, tick...BOOM!.
At one point, the romantic comedy, dramatized by Matthew Barber, hoped to transfer to a Broadway house as early as April 2000.
Michael Wilson, Hartford artistic director, is still set to helm the production. Designing the production are Tony Straiges (set), John Gromada (sound and original music), Jess Goldstein (costumes) and Rui Rita (lights). Enchanted April is about two bored women who flee to a medieval Italian villa, where they meet two other ladies, one of whom appears to be a prudish stick-in-the-mud, the other a beautiful flirt. Eventually, husbands arrive, and all the relationships are considered anew. Von Arnim's novel was made into a popular 1991 film starring Joan Plowright, Miranda Richardson, Alfred Molina, Josie Lawrence and Polly Walker. It received Academy Award nominations for supported actress (Plowright) and adapted screenplay (Peter Barnes). The novel had been previously filmed in 1935.
Starring in the Hartford show were Enid Graham, a Tony nominee for Honour, Christopher Duva (MTC's An Experiment with an Air Pump), Christopher Donahue, John Hines, Isabel Keating, Stephanie March, Irma St. Paule and Jill Tanner.