A hit at L.A.'s Canon and Tiffany Theatres and Florida's Coconut Grove Playhouse, The Bermuda Avenue Triangle may be coming to Broadway in March 1997. In her New York Post column, Cindy Adams reported that a Shubert Theatre will house the show.
Written by and starring Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna, the comedy concerns two daughters who put their parents in a retirement home. Both older women then end up falling for the same man. In productions up until now, the third daughter has been played by Beatrice Arthur, who is no longer with the project.
Arnold Mittelman, who produced the show at Coconut Grove and in its following regional stagings -- also no longer connected to the project -- told Playbill On-Line he originally wanted to produce Bermuda Avenue Triangle because, "It was one of the funniest plays I've ever seen or read. Plus I liked the combination of actors; I think Bea Arthur falls under the `genius' category of comedy."
Asked if Arthur leaving the project influenced his decision to cease production duties on the play, Mittelman said, "That was part of it. But it was also a scheduling problem caused by a six to eight month gap between the closing of the show in L.A. And the proposed Broadway opening. It was just too much work and conflicted with my running Coconut Grove." Mittelman offered the same reason for Arthur's defection: "How could she tie up six months and not be able to take work for that amount of time?"
(As for the Grove, Paxton Whitehead currently stars there in Ray Cooney's farce, Out Of Order, to be followed by Elizabeth Ashley and Frank Converse in Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. A musical called Little By Little will be followed by the world premiere of Jimmy Buffet and Herman Wouk's musical, Don't Stop The Carnival. In its West and South Coast productions, the show starred Arthur, Taylor and Bologna. A spokesman for the Canon Theatre told Playbill On-Line the play began there in January 1996 and kept "extending and extending" through July. According to the Adams article, Arthur won't be in the Broadway production because she would have preferred a London try-out first, and Taylor wanted the show up on Broadway this season."
Ken at Canon Theatre did say he heard Renee Taylor mention the March Broadway date when she was appearing on TV's "Celebrity Jeopardy" this week.
-- By David Lefkowitz