By Kenneth Jones
22 Sep 2009
|Photo by Kevin Berne|
Roundabout Theatre Company, in association with Jonathan Reinis, Jamie Cesa, Eva Price & Berkeley Repertory Theatre, present the Broadway premiere. Created and performed by Fisher and directed by Tony Taccone (Bridge & Tunnel), Wishful Drinking has been developed before audiences at regional theatres since 2006.
The Broadway opening night is Oct. 4. This is a limited engagement through Jan. 3, 2010.
Alexander V. Nichols provides scenic, lighting and projection design.
According to the producers, "In Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher recounts the true and intoxicating tale of her life as a Hollywood legend, told with the same wry wit she poured into bestsellers like 'Postcards from the Edge.' The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher became a cultural icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the first 'Star Wars' trilogy at 19 years old. Forever changed, Carrie's life did not stay picture perfect. Fisher is the life of the party in this uproarious and sobering look at her Hollywood hangover."
A published memoir under the same title came out during the regional life of the play. "Wishful Drinking," the book, was on the New York Times bestseller list for 14 weeks, and will be available in paperback from Simon & Schuster in fall 2009.
Fisher's career includes roles in the films "The Blues Brothers," "The Burbs," "Charlie's Angels," "Garbo Talks," "Hannah and Her Sisters," "The Man with One Red Shoe," "This is My Life" and "When Harry Met Sally." She also appears in the 2009 film "Sorority Row."
Her bestselling books include "Postcards from the Edge," "Delusions of Grandma," "Surrender the Pink," "The Best Awful" and "Wishful Drinking." Fisher turned "Postcards" into a screenplay for the hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep, and is currently adapting "The Best Awful" for Lifetime & Sony television with producers Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks. She is an Emmy Award nominee for an appearance on "30 Rock."
Her experiences with addiction and bipolar disorder — and her willingness to speak honestly and candid about them — have made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate for these communities.
Director Taccone is completing his 12th year as artistic director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where he has staged more than 35 shows including world premieres by Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, Quincy Long and Itamar Moses. Taccone made his Broadway debut with another solo show, Bridge & Tunnel, which was lauded by the critics and won a Tony Award for its star, Sarah Jones. He commissioned Tony Kushner's Angels in America, co-directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum, and has collaborated with Kushner on seven projects. Their production of Brundibar featured designs by children's author Maurice Sendak; it debuted at Berkeley Rep and then traveled to Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven and the New Victory Theatre in New York, where it sold out its run and was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards.
Wishful Drinking plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2 PM. Prices range from $31.50-$111.50.
Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 and online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.