Wait Until Dark, a revival of Frederick Knott's 1966 thriller starring Marisa Tomei and film auteur Quentin Tarantino, began Broadway previews Mar. 27 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The production opens April 5.
The show tried out in a pre-Broadway run at Boston's Wilbur Theatre Feb. 28- Mar. 22.
Wait Until Dark concerns a menacing drug dealer terrorizing a blind woman and her pesky young next-door neighbor. The director is Leonard Foglia (Master Class, Lonely Planet). Other thrillers by Knott include 1961's Write Me A Murder and 1952's Dial `M' For Murder.
Advertising for the show calls for a 16-week (124 performance) run. That would put the close sometime in late July, however; a spokesperson for Dark says the play is scheduled to run through Labor Day -- Sept. 7.
Film actor/director Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Reservoir Dogs) will make his legit debut as a psychotic stalker in the revival. Tarantino, who burst onto the film scene with 1994's Pulp Fiction, stars opposite Tomei and Stephen Lang. Oscar-winner Tomei's theatre credits include Demonology at Playwrights Horizons and Slavs at NY Theatre Workshop. Lang starred in The Speed Of Darkness and A Few Good Men. The little girl will be played by African-American actress Imani Parks, who turned 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. Also in the cast are Juan Hernandez and James Whalen.
Designing Dark are Michael McGarty (sets), David C. Woolard (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting) and Darron L. West (sound).
Producers Lichtenstein and Young (who have recently been joined by Stewart F. Lane and Rodger Hess) 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.