"Game of Thrones" Star Emilia Clarke Will Have Breakfast at Tiffany's on Broadway
By Kenneth Jones
Truman Capote's indelible little-girl-lost, Holly Golightly, will appear on Broadway in early 2013 in a new Richard Greenberg adaptation of the novella "Breakfast at Tiffany's." The story is best know for the Blake Edwards film that starred Audrey Hepburn as a hick who reinvents herself in Manhattan. Emilia Clarke (HBO's "Game of Thrones") will star.
The world-premiere production by the Tony Award-winning writer of Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain and Eastern Standard will play a Shubert venue to be announced beginning in February 2013. Sean Mathias (Broadway's Indiscretions, Marlene, Dance of Death, The Elephant Man) will direct.
"The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as well as to resume its tone — still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember," Greenberg said in a statement. "Capote was a great writer and a natural maker of plots and 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' has a drive that makes it very alluring to dramatize."
According to the producer, "Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany's is set in New York City in 1943. 'Fred,' a young writer from Louisiana, meets Holly Golightly (Clarke), 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."
Alan U. Schwartz of The Truman Capote Literary Trust said in a statement, "I am delighted New York audiences will be the first to see this new adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's. That story continues to inspire artists and capture imaginations all these years later speaks to the timeless quality of Mr. Capote's unforgettable prose. Mr. Greenberg has beautifully translated everything that is glorious about this story and its characters to the stage."
The creative team includes three-time Academy Award-winner Colleen Atwood (costume design) and Tony winner Derek McLane (scenic design).
Breakfast at Tiffany's is being produced on Broadway by Colin Ingram Productions Limited, Donovan Mannato and Dominic Ianno.
Clarke was born in London and grew up in the Berkshire countryside. After attending school in Oxford, she studied drama at the prestigious Drama Centre School in London. After graduating, she began her career with a guest-leading role in the BBC series "Doctors" and a co-leading role in the feature "Triassic Attack." She then landed the principal role of Danaerys in the HBO series "Game of Thrones." She starred in the feature film "Spike Island," is currently filming the third season of "Game of Thrones" and will soon begin filming U.K. feature "Dom Hemingway" opposite Jude law and Richard E. Grant.
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.
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