Hare's The Vertical Hour, With Julianne Moore, to Play Music Box

By Robert Simonson
26 May 2006

The Music Box Theatre will be the home of Julianne Moore's Broadway debut. She will star in The Vertical Hour, a new David Hare play, this fall.



Performances will begin at the Music Box in November, the New York Times reported. The Vertical Hour, will be directed by Sam Mendes, in his first Broadway foray since piloting the Bernadette Peters revival of Gypsy.

Robert Fox, Neal Street Productions and Scott Rudin will produce.

The play is about "a young American war correspondent turned academic who now teaches Political Studies at Yale. A brief holiday with her boyfriend in the Welsh borders brings her into contact with a kind of Englishman whose culture and beliefs are a surprise and a challenge, both to her and to her relationship."

The design team for The Vertical Hour includes Scott Pask (scenery), Ann Roth (costumes) and Brian MacDevitt (lighting).

Vertical Hour will mark Moore's Broadway debut. She received her big break in films in Robert Altman's 1993 movie "Short Cuts," in which she famously had an argument with the actor playing her husband while half dressed. She then appeared in Andre Gregory and Wallace Shawn's unorthodox film adaptation, "Uncle Vanya on 42nd Street." Subsequent films included "Nine Months," "Boogie Nights," "Safe," "The Big Lebowski," "The Ideal Husband" and "The End of the Affair." Her career reached a peak in 2002 with her acclaimed performances in "The Hours" (written by Hare) and "Far From Heaven," Todd Haynes stylistic tribute to the films of Douglas Sirk. She was Oscar-nominated for both parts.