PLAYBILL THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, July 14-20: Celeste Holm, Katie Holmes, Matilda's Broadway Home

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20 Jul 2012

Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes
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Playwright Theresa Rebeck may not have yet found the formula for putting together a hit Broadway production, but one thing has become increasingly clear: Her plays have become star magnets.

Her first Broadway play, Mauritius, had Oscar-winner F. Murray Abraham in its cast. Not too shabby. Her second, last season's Seminar, featured movie star Alan Rickman. Hot stuff. And now, for her third Broadway outing, Dead Accounts, she's hauled in none other that Katie Holmes! Bango!! Take that, box office! No, Holmes is not the Greatest Living Actor of the Age, but she is sincere and well-liked — and she is just fresh off her headline-grabbing split from hubby Tom Cruise. There are few more noteworthy thespians on the planet at this moment.

Dead Accounts will arrive at the Music Box Theatre in October. The play, about a prodigal son who returns home to Cincinnati, had its world premiere last winter at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Jack O'Brien will direct the production of the five-actor play. Holmes will portray Lorna, who has a few questions regarding her brother's sudden return home.


Matilda The Musical, the Olivier Award-winning production based on the beloved Roald Dahl children's book, will begin Broadway previews March 4, 2013, at the Shubert Theatre, it was announced.

Matilda premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Courtyard Theatre in November 2010 and has known nothing but success since then. It later transferred to the West End's Cambridge Theatre, where it continues to run. Matilda earned seven 2012 Olivier Awards including Best Musical and Best Director. The RSC and The Dodgers produce the Broadway run of Matilda, which will officially open April 11, 2013. The Shubert Theatre is currently the home of the Tony-winning musical Memphis, which will end its run Aug. 5.

Matilda The Musical has a book by Dennis Kelly and a score by Tim Minchin, and direction by Matthew Warchus, whose reputation as a Broadway hitmaker and tastemaker was dented a bit this past season when he piloted the much-maligned musical Ghost. Matilda may restore his musical bonafides.


John Cullum, Darren Pettie and Sarah Sokolovic will join the already announced Amy Ryan and David Schwimmer in what has turned into a very starry New York City premiere of Lisa D'Amour's acclaimed suburban-set play Detroit, Playwrights Horizons announced.

The play, a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, is directed by Anne Kauffman (currently represented Off-Broadway by the hit Slowgirl). Performances begin Aug. 24 at Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater, launching the theatre's 2012-13 season.


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