Tuesdays with Morrie to Close at Minetta Lane Feb. 23; Tour Planned

News   Tuesdays with Morrie to Close at Minetta Lane Feb. 23; Tour Planned Tuesdays With Morrie, the Jeffrey Hatcher-Mitch Albom stage version of the best-selling memoir by Mitch Albom, will give its last Off-Broadway performance at the Minetta Lane Theatre on Feb. 23. It will have played a total of 20 previews and 108 regular performances.
David Esbjornson
David Esbjornson (Photo by Aubrey Reuben)

The play made its Off-Broadway debut Nov. 19, following previews from Nov. 1, at the Minetta Lane Theatre. David Esbjornson directs. Esbjornson told Playbill On-Line in a recent interview that he and the producers hope to tour the show in the U.S. Said producer David Singer in a statement: "We are already planning engagements in major U.S. cities in the coming year."

The story of a sportswriter who reconnects with his terminally-ill former professor was a bestseller for Albom, a popular sports columnist for The Detroit Free Press. The book was previously made into a TV movie with Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon.

The two-character play had a staging in Vassar College's New York Stage & Film summer season, June 21-July 6, 2002. Jon Tenney and Alvin Epstein repeated their summer roles for the fall Off-Broadway premiere.

The show is Hatcher's first New York work in some time. Though he occasionally sees an Off-Broadway bow (Scotland Road at Primary Stages and Three Viewings at Manhattan Theatre Club), most of the prolific playwright's work receives productions at regional theatres. His latest, A Picasso, was read at the Philadelphia Theatre Company Nov. 11 and will play this spring.

The producers of Tuesdays are David Singer, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Joey Parnes, Amy Nederlander, Scott Nederlander, ShadowCatcher Entertainment, Hal Thau and Moira Wilson.

The design team includes Robert Brill (sets), Valerie Marcus (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lights) and John Kilgore (sound).

The Minetta Lane is at 18 Minetta Lane in Greenwich Village. For more information, call (212) 307-4100.