Breakfast at Tiffany's Seeks Gold After Investor Drops Out; Holly Golightly Undaunted

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30 Jan 2013

Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly
Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly
Jason Bell

An investor has pulled out of the in-rehearsal Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's, but the capitalization shortfall of $1 million is expected to be filled and the show will go on, a spokesman said. The news was first reported in the New York Times.

"As Holly Golightly herself would say, 'I'm here for the duration,'" said spokesman Rick Miramontez. "The producers are in conversations with a number of enthusiastic and incredibly dedicated investors regarding the final amount of capitalization. Everyone associated with the play is very much working toward and looking forward to the first performance at the Cort Theatre in March."

The Times reported the production's capitalization at $4 million.

Previews begin March 4 toward a March 20 opening. Rehearsals began Jan. 28, and continue, Miramontez said.

Officially called Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's, the play, adapted from the novella by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out), is being produced on Broadway by Colin Ingram Productions Limited, Donovan Mannato and Dominic Ianno.



The beloved tale of broken, inspiring and charismatic party girl Holly Golightly stars Emilia Clarke (HBO's "Game of Thrones") as Holly. Cory Michael Smith, of Off-Broadway's Cock and The Whale, co-stars as Fred, who is pulled into Holly's social whirl in 1940s New York City. George Wendt (Broadway's Art and Elf and TV's "Cheers") plays bartender Joe Bell. Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard starred in the famous Blake Edwards film in 1961.

Greenberg's plays include Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain, Eastern Standard and the coming The Assembled Parties, among others.

The Breakfast at Tiffany's company also includes Suzanne Bertish, Danny Binstock, Pedro Carmo, Elisabeth Anthony Gray, Murphy Guyer, Eddie Korbich, Paolo Montalban, Kate Cullen Roberts, John Rothman, Tony Torn, Lee Wilkof and James Yaegashi.

Sean Mathias (Broadway's Indiscretions, Marlene, Dance of Death, The Elephant Man) directs.

Here's how the project is billed: "Based on Truman Capote's most beloved masterwork, Breakfast at Tiffany's is set in New York City in 1943. Fred, a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly, 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."

The creative team for Breakfast at Tiffany's includes Tony Award winner Derek McLane (scenic design), three-time Academy Award winner and current nominee Colleen Atwood (costume design), Tony Award winner Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Wendall K. Harrington (projection design) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (music and sound design).

General-public tickets are now at Telecharge.com. For more information, visit BreakfastatTiffanysonBroadway.com.

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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.