The Roundabout Theatre Company will present a new production of Peter Nichols's Day in the Death of Joe Egg this season, the New York Times reported. The staging will replace the canceled Our Town and fill in one of three holes in the Roundabout's 2002-03 line-up.
The Nichols play was recently presented in London, with Eddie Izzard as the star.
Still no word on what plays will take the place of the postponed Miss Julie and Spring Awakening. One possibility, however, is Baby, the beloved but short-lived Broadway musical about three couples facing parenthood. Composer Richard Maltby, Jr., recently told Playbill On-Line that the show was penciled in to bow on Broadway again as part of the Roundabout Theatre Company's next season. However, with a season to remake, the Roundabout could conceivably bump up the musical a year.
"It looks like it may be done in the 2003-04 season," Maltby said Sept. 18. "The Roundabout's been considering it for three years now." Maltby said the show, which has been much altered since its original production, received two readings at the Roundabout, one three years ago and another earlier this year. Charles Randolph Wright directed the most recent reading and would pilot the production. (Maltby directed the initial reading.) In the cast was LaChanze, who recently told New York magazine she had been cast in the Broadway revival.
The contemporary, humane musical set in a college town had a short, but Tony Award-nominated life on Broadway in 1983-84, and has become a favorite in regional, stock and amateur productions.
The Roundabout has not officially announced any part of its 2003-04 season.