No theatre has come available yet, but an official opening date -- April 5 - has been picked for the upcoming Broadway revival of Wait Until Dark. Not only will Quentin Tarantino -- who burst onto the film scene with 1994's Pulp Fiction -- come to Broadway as an actor this spring, the New York Times reported (and spokesperson James Morrison confirms) he'll be playing opposite Marisa Tomei.
Film actor/director Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs) will make his legit debut as a psychotic stalker in a revival of the 1966 thriller by Frederick Knott. Spokesperson Morrison confirmed that rehearsals are projected for late January 1998, with previews to begin March 27. The show will play a three-week tryout at Boston, MA's Wilbur Theatre. Leonard Foglia (Master Class, Circle Rep's Lonely Planet) directs.
Although full casting won't be announced for a few more days, Playbill On-Line has learned that the little girl will be played by African-American actress Imani Parks, who turns 13 on Jan. 8. Parks debuted in Show Boat, singing opposite Lonnette McKee, and appeared Off Broadway in a Joanne Akalaitis-directed Woyzeck at the Public Theatre.
Back in September, Knott's representatives at ICM confirmed a story in Variety that Tarantino was in negotiations with producers Alan N. Lichtenstein and Robert Young. A follow-up story in Variety (Sept. 29) noted that Jennifer Jason Leigh was in negotiations for the lead role. One day later, however, Variety reported that Leigh had begged off the project because of a previous commitment to David Cronenberg's next film. Film actress Leigh's roles include Dorothy Parker and the Vicious Circle, Last Exit To Brooklyn and Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Young told Variety Wait Until Dark is planned as a 30-week Broadway run, with the playwright "significantly changing and updating the script." Producers Lichtenstein and Young mounted the 1996 tour of Knott's Dial M. For Murder (with Roddy McDowall and Nancy Allen) that never made it to Broadway. Joining the two producers are Gregory Young, Jon B. Platt and Liz Oliver.
Wait Until Dark concerns a menacing drug dealer terrorizing a blind woman and her pesky young next-door neighbor. Other thrillers by Knott include 1961's Write Me A Murder and 1952's Dial `M' For Murder.
Tomei's theatre credits include Demonology at Playwrights Horizons and Slavs at NY Theatre Workshop.