By Kenneth Jones
24 Dec 2012
George Wendt, the six-time Emmy Award nominee of TV's "Cheers," and a Broadway veteran from Elf, Hairspray and Art, was recently announced to play bartender Joe Bell in the new Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Richard Greenberg's adaptation of Truman Capote's novel.
Previews begin March 4, 2013, at the Cort Theatre, a venue that celebrated its 100th anniversary on Dec. 20.
The tale of iconic party girl Holly Golightly will star Emilia Clarke ("Game of Thrones") in that role. Cory Michael Smith, of Cock and The Whale Off-Broadway, co-stars as Fred, who is pulled into Holly's social whirl in 1940s New York City. Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard starred in the famous Blake Edwards film in 1961.
"The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as well as to resume its tone — still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember," Greenberg said in a statement. "Capote was a great writer and a natural maker of plots and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' has a drive that makes it very alluring to dramatize."
According to the producers, "Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's is set in New York City in 1943. 'Fred,' a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly (Clarke), a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly — including Fred. But Fred is poor, and Holly's other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred — just as her past catches up with her."
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The creative team includes three-time Academy Award winner Colleen Atwood (costume design), Tony winner Derek McLane (scenic design), Tony Award winner Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Wendall K. Harrington (projections design) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (music and sound design).
Breakfast at Tiffany's is being produced on Broadway by Colin Ingram Productions Limited, Donovan Mannato and Dominic Ianno.
Tickets were previously on sale exclusively to AmEx cardholders through Dec. 23. General-public tickets are now at Telecharge.com.
In 2009, Mathias directed a separate adaptation of the Capote novella, in a script by Samuel Adamson, at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in London.
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" was also notoriously adapted into a 1966 Broadway musical that played a handful of previews but never officially opened at the Majestic Theatre. Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain starred, Edward Albee wrote the libretto and Bob Merrill penned the score.
Truman Capote's novella was first published, along with three of his short stories, in book form in 1958, and also appeared unabridged in Esquire magazine in November that year.
Truman Capote (1924-1984) wrote short stories, novels, plays and essays. In 1948 his first novel, "Other Voices, Other Rooms," was published to international critical acclaim. His other iconic works include the novelistic non-fiction bestseller "In Cold Blood," "Music for Chameleons" and "Answered Prayers." His story "A Christmas Memory" was recently adapted into a musical by librettist Duane Poole, lyricist Carol Hall and composer Larry Grossman.