The new revival of O'Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten, starring Cherry Jones, and directed by Dan Sullivan, will now land on Broadway in March 2000, instead of the previously announced mid-December, producer Elliot Martin told Playbill On-Line. There will be other changes as well. The drama will tryout in Chicago at the Goodman Theatre, Jan. 14-Feb. 19, 2000. The Goodman date replaces a scheduled stop at the Kennedy Center Nov. 1-Dec. 5.
On Broadway, Moon will find a home at the Walter Kerr, currently the home of Conor McPherson's The Weir. The McPherson play has not posted a closing date, but the current Irish cast's contract run out in September and business has not been robust.
Martin said no one has yet been cast opposite Jones, who will 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.
Martin, Chase Mishkin and Jujamcyn Theatres produce. 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." 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.