The new revival of O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbetten, starring Cherry Jones, and directed by Gerald Gutierrez, will land on Broadway in mid-December of this year.
The Kennedy Center of Washington, D.C., recently announced that the production will receive its debut there in November. Producer Elliot Martin told Playbill On-Line that Moon will play the center Nov. 1-Dec. 5, and, if all goes according to schedule, will then travel directly to New York.
There is no other casting for the show as of yet, said Martin.
Jones is currently starring Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre in Tongue of a Bird.
Gutierrez and Jones first collaborated on the Broadway success The Heiress, which netted both artists Tony Awards. Martin is lead producer of the staging on Broadway. He also produced the legendary Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards mounting of the drama.
"I've wanted to reproduce this play for several years," Martin told Playbill On-Line in 1998. "But the kind of actress who can play Josie comes along very rarely. Cherry just hit the bell when I saw her in Pride's Crossing. And lo and behold she's wanted to do it for several years. In fact, she'd been talking with Gerry (Gutierrez) for several years about this play, unbeknownst to me. So it's a natural thing."
Jones would play the lead role of Josie Hogan, a strong, sturdy women unlucky in both her rascally, ne'er-do-well father and weak-willed, dissolute, would-be beau, Jim Tyrone.
Moon hasn't been on Broadway since a 1984 staging with Kate Nelligan. Wendy Hiller originated the role of Josie in 1957, though Dewhurst is most identified with it, mainly for a 1973 revival that co starred Robards.