Richard Chamberlain Will Star in U.S. Tour of On Golden Pond

News   Richard Chamberlain Will Star in U.S. Tour of On Golden Pond Richard Chamberlain will play crusty, retired professor Norman Thayer, Jr., in a new national tour of Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond. The show, recently seen on Broadway with James Earl Jones, will launch in September 2006.
Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain Photo by Greg Gorman

Leonard Foglia will direct, as he did on Broadway, and Jeffrey Finn will produce. Dates and venues are to be announced, as is additional casting.

Chamberlain, well known to TV audiences through his work in the mini-series "Shogun" and "The Thorn Birds," has graced Broadway in such shows as My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music.

On Golden Pond played a total of 19 previews and 93 regular performances on Broadway. It closed on June 26, after star Jones fell sick. Jones' doctors determined on June 23 that "the seriousness of recuperating from pneumonia would prevent his return until sometime in August," according to a press statement. The show was to have run through Labor Day. Jones is expected to eventually fully recover from his illness.

The production started as a limited run in Washington, DC, and Wilmington, DE, in fall 2004. Audiences and critics liked it so much that it prompted producers to move it to Broadway.

The play first played Broadway in 1979, and was subsequently made into a popular film starring Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn.