No Contest: Miss Firecracker, Starring Amber Tamblyn, Will Not Play Broadway

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20 Feb 2013

Amber Tamblyn
Amber Tamblyn
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The Broadway mounting of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley’s comedy The Miss Firecracker Contest, which had been announced for spring 2013 starring Amber Tamblyn ("Joan of Arcadia," "House"), has been postponed.

Lead producer Larry Kaye told the New York Times that a scheduling conflict "stood in the way of getting our particular dream cast." Kaye hopes to mount the production during the 2013-14 season, although plans are not definite at this time, and Kaye has yet to finish raising the capitalization for the play.

Tony winner Judith Ivey, recently seen in the Broadway revival of The Heiress, was scheduled to direct.

Miss Firecracker Contest, according to press notes, "is the inspiring story of Carnelle Scott (Tamblyn), a Southern orphan living in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Carnelle is furiously rehearsing her patriotic tap dance for the Miss Firecracker Contest—hoping that a victory will salvage her tarnished reputation as the town’s 'Miss Hot Tamale' and allow her to leave Brookhaven in a 'crimson blaze of glory.' The unexpected arrival of her cousin Elain, a former Miss Firecracker Queen, (who has walked out on her rich but boring husband and two small children) and Elain’s eccentric brother, Delmount (recently released from a mental institution), threatens to derail Carnelle’s total makeover. Carnelle perseveres—leading to a climax of hilarity, heart and radiant fireworks!"

The play was first presented to New York audiences in 1984 at the Manhattan Theater Club. It was later made into a 1989 feature film starring Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins.



The Broadway staging was to be produced by HOP Theatricals and lead producer Kaye.