The Heiress, the durable play about a plain spinster, a gold-digger suitor, a blunt father and a family home with a good view of Washington Square, is being readied for another Broadway production, according to The New York Times.
Anonymous sources told the paper that film producer Paula Wagner ("Mission Impossible") and Broadway producer Roy Furman (Next Fall, The Book of Mormon) will put the 1947 Ruth and Augustus Goetz play on Broadway in fall 2012, and that Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project, 33 Variations) will direct.
Nothing has been officially announced. A spokesman for Wagner told Playbill.com on Nov. 22 that there is nothing to confirm or announce.
Based on the novel "Washington Square" by Henry James, the play tells of Catherine Sloper being pulled between her cold father and a warm suitor who may be motivated by greed. (Catherine spends a lot of time looking out the window for her beau, and listening for a carriage.)
In 1995, Lincoln Center Theater had a major hit with a revival of the 1850-set play. It won Tony Awards for Best Revival, Best Actress (Cherry Jones), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Frances Sternhagen) and Best Direction of a Play (Gerald Gutierrez). It was the third Broadway revival for the play, and was celebrated for adding depth and psychological heft to a work that could be lazily sold as melodrama. The property was a famous 1949 Hollywood film starring Olivia de Havilland (who won the Best Actress Oscar for her work) and Montgomery Clift.