HBO Confirms Meryl Streep as Callas in Master Class Film

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and Adam Hetrickand
10 Jul 2014

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep

Academy Award winner Meryl Streep will star in a film adaptation of Terrence McNally's Tony-winning Master Class for HBO, network executives officially confirmed July 10. Filming on the production begins in early 2015.

Streep will play opera legend Maria Callas in the screen version of the McNally drama, which debuted on Broadway in 1995.

Variety reported the official news from the Television Critics Association summer press tour, which is currently taking place in Los Angeles.

Executives also confirmed that Mike Nichols, who previously worked with Hollywood favorite Streep on "Silkwood," "Angels in America" and "Heartburn," will direct. 

Oscar winner Faye Dunaway had long been attached to a screen version of the work, which concerns Callas' legendary classes at Juilliard in 1971.



Master Class opened at Broadway's John Golden Theatre on Nov. 5, 1995, starring Zoe Caldwell as the famed opera diva and Karen Kay Cody, Audra McDonald and Jay Hunter Morris as three of her master class attendees. Caldwell and McDonald both won Tonys for their performances; Caldwell was succeeded in the demanding role by Patti LuPone — who also took the play to London — and Dixie Carter. Dunaway headed the tour of the play, and she received Chicago's Sarah Siddons Society Award for her performance.

A Broadway revival starred Emmy and Tony winner Tyne Daly.