The recent Steppenwolf Theatre Company fall production of William Saroyan's cozy classic, The Time of Your Life is being looked at by New York producers with the idea of bringing it to Gotham.
A Steppenwolf spokesperson said several Broadway producers have flown in to take a look, but cautioned that any move was only in the talking stages and nothing had been settled. The Sun-Times mentioned producer Mick Leavitt's interest.
If the comedy transferred, it would be Steppenwolf's first New York offering since the short-lived One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, starring Gary Sinise and Amy Morton. It would also be an expensive venture, with the cast topping off at 19 actors.
Time starred Amy Morton, Robert Breuler, Howard Witt and Jeff Perry. Martha Plimpton, previously announced for the show, left the show early on. She's was replaced by Heather Anne Prete. Plimpton is now in the Public Theater's staging of David Mamet's Boston Marriage.
The remainder of the cast included Guy Adkins, Scott Antonucci, Richard Cotovsky, Dan Flannery, Zach Gray, Timothy Hendrickson, Ann Joseph, Lawrence MacGowan, Donna McGough, Mark L. Montgomery, Patrick New, Yasen Peyankov, Ana Sferruzza, Don Shell and Guy Van Swearingen. The production continued Steppenwolf's long tradition of unearthing big-cast American chestnuts, such as Harvey, You Can't Take It With You and last season's The Royal Family.
Tina Landau directed the play, which takes place in a waterfront bar patronized by the benevolent oddball Joe, who, from his bar stool, watches life pass by and sagely comments on the goings-on in his small world, as well as the world at large. The play was made into a movie starring James Cagney.
—By Robert Simonson