Confederacy of Dunces Being Fine-Tuned for Broadway

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A recent Boston production broke house records
Nick Offerman, Talene Monahon and Anita Gillette
Nick Offerman, Talene Monahon and Anita Gillette

Boston's Huntington Theatre Company's recent hit stage adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning novel "A Confederacy of Dunces," It is now being "fine tuned for Broadway," according to a report in The New York Daily News.

It was the highest-grossing show in HTC's 33-year history, according to the Boston Globe. The show, which starred "Parks and Recreation"'s Nick Offerman, earned more than $2.1 million in box-office sales.

Quoting unnamed "insiders" the News reported Jan. 19 that, "the creatives will be fine-tuning the production and hoping for a run either in London or another U.S. city before Broadway next season."

No further details were offered, including whether Offerman would star in the Broadway version.

The Boston engagement concluded its run Dec. 20, 2015, following an extension due to overwhelming demand for tickets.

Offerman played the lead in the play, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the 1980 novel by John Kennedy O’Toole. The comedy follows the adventures of oddball Ignatius Jacques Reilly, who lives at home with his mother. The cast also featured Anita Gillette ("Moonstruck" and "30 Rock"); Julie Halston (On the Town); by Arnie Burton (The 39 Steps); and Steve Rosen (Guys and Dolls).

As reported in the Globe, A Confederacy of Dunces overtook the sales record held by the Huntington’s 2013 production of The Jungle Book.

David Esbjornson directed Dunces, with a creative team that included Ricardo Hernandez (scenic design), Michael Krass (costumes), Scott Zielinski (lighting), Mark Bennett and Charles Coes (sound), Mark Bennett (original music) and Sven Ortel (projections). The production stage manager was Emily F. McMullen and stage manager was Kevin Schlagle.

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