Natasha Richardson and Philip Seymour Hoffman will return to Broadway to star in the Roundabout Theatre Company staging of Miss Julie by August Strindberg, translated by Richard Nelson and directed by David Leveaux.
The theatre will be the Longacre, confirmed a spokesperson. Previews begin Jan. 14, 2003.
Richardson will play the title character, the capricious daughter of a wealthy Count who dallies with the affections of Jean, the Count's servant, with disastrous results. The latter part will be played by Hoffman. The play's third role, a cautioning maid, has not been cast.
Richardson—who last year at this time told Playbill On-Line she was considering returning to Broadway—won a Tony Award for her Sally Bowles in Cabaret and has acted in Anna Christie and Closer. (Her husband, Liam Neeson, is currently on Broadway in The Crucible.)
Hoffman alternated playing brothers Lee and Austin with John C. Reilly in the recent famous revival of True West. Last summer, he played Constantine in the Central Park rendering of The Seagull. This summer, he will direct Stephen Adly Guirgis' new play Our Lady of 121st Street at Off-Broadway's LAByrinth Theatre Company. *
The Roundabout Theatre Company announced its 2002-2003 season March 13. Here's the lineup as released by Roundabout, whose artistic director is Todd Haimes:
• The Boys From Syracuse (first preview July 23), 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.
• Miss Julie by August Strindberg, translated by Richard Nelson and directed by David Leveaux.
• The Look of Love, The Songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David, "pays grand homage to this formidable music duo who have received Grammys, Oscars and gold records; featuring the choreography of Ann Reinking and staging by Scott Ellis at a Broadway venue. 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. "The plot of Tartuffe focuses on Orgon's role as benevolent patron to Tartuffe, whom he has established in his home as a saintly person of high religious and moral stature. Orgon has been completely duped by Tartuffe, a hypocritically pious impostor posing as a religious zealot. No one else in his household has been fooled by Tartuffe; however, Orgon has ordered his family and servants to obey Tartuffe, and in doing so gives his home and wealth to Tartuffe."
• Nine with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, book by Arthur Kopit and directed by David Leveaux at a Broadway venue. "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 and the struggle to act his mature age of 40 as opposed to nine." The songs include "Be Italian," "Be On Your Own," "The Bells of St. Sebastian," "A Call From the Vatican," "I Can't Make This Movie," "Long Ago," "A Man Like You," "My Husband Makes Movies," "Nine," "Not Since Chaplin," "Now's the Moment," "Only With You," "Simple' and more.
• 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." Based on the 19th-century German dramatist Frank Wedekind's tragedy, Spring Awakening "re-illuminates his bold commentary on the sexual taboos society placed on children. Now, over a century later, Billboard chart topper Duncan Sheik propels the rock musical genre into the 21st century."
• 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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—By Robert Simonson
and Kenneth Jones