Take Me Out to Take on Broadway?

News   Take Me Out to Take on Broadway? The hit production of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out may become the third Public Theater production in a year to transfer to Broadway. Variety reported Sept. 17 that the show has a eye on the Walter Kerr Theatre, currently the home of the long-running Proof.

The hit production of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out may become the third Public Theater production in a year to transfer to Broadway. Variety reported Sept. 17 that the show has a eye on the Walter Kerr Theatre, currently the home of the long-running Proof.

The popular Take Me Out, which is a co-production with London's Donmar Warehouse, has been a hot prospect for commercial transfer since its first preview on Aug. 23. Before the drama—which examines the effect of an openly gay player on professional baseball—even opened on Sept. 5, it had extended a month to the end of October.

Proof, which opened at the Kerr on Oct. 24, 2000, has announced no closing date; indeed, recent rave reviews for Anne Heche's performance have given the production a shot in the arm. However, some sources have the show tentatively shuttering in January, when Broadway business traditionally dips.

Sanguine reviews and pre-opening newspaper articles about Take Me Out's sexual, racial and sports content — to say nothing of the male nude scenes — have fueled intense interest from sports fans and traditional theatregoers alike. The play focuses on a superstar ballplayer for a Yankees-like team and the uproar caused when he tells the world he's gay.

On Oct. 1, ticket prices increase with the extension, to $55, from $45. Take Me Out, directed by Joe Mantello, premiered earlier this summer at the Donmar Warehouse in London. Previews began at the Anspacher Theater Aug. 23, with shows originally announced to Sept. 29.

For tickets, visit The Public Theater box office at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan, go online to www.publictheater.org or call Tele-charge at (212) 239 6200.

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In 2002, the Public has two hit shows on Broadway: Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog and the solo show Elaine Stritch at Liberty.