PLAYBILL.COM'S THEATRE WEEK IN REVIEW, Aug. 2-8: Broadway Season Heats Up With Side Show, Fun Home and Helen Mirren

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08 Aug 2014

Helen Mirren
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The Broadway production of Peter Morgan's play will follow a record-breaking run at London's Gielgud Theatre in 2013. Mirren won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance. Stephen Daldry will again direct.

Mirren's an old hand at playing the Queen by now — and at winning awards for it. She starred in the 2006 film "The Queen," which was also written by Morgan. Mirren won an Oscar that time. (Maybe if "The Queen" becomes a TV series, Mirren could win a Emmy for playing Liz.)

It was previously reported that playwright Morgan is expected to update portions of the script for American audiences. Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair may be among the new characters to appear when The Audience arrives on Broadway. If so, it will be the fourth time the Blair-obsessed Morgan has written the politician into one of his plays or movies.

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Fun Home, the award-winning Jeanine Tesori-Lisa Kron musical based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel, that played an acclaimed run at the Public Theater earlier this season, is finally heading to Broadway. It is scheduled to begin performances April 4, 2015, at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre.

The musical will be directed by Sam Gold, who helmed the show Off-Broadway. Casting for the musical's Broadway debut has not been announced.

Fun Home won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical. The original Off-Broadway cast featured Beth Malone, Sydney Lucas and Alexandra Socha as author-narrator Bechdel at various stages of her life. It also featured Michael Cerveris as her father and Judy Kuhn as her mother.

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