Is The Philadelphia Story Headed Back to Broadway?

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Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller took part in a recent reading of the Philip Barry play.
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Roundabout Theatre Company recently presented a reading of Philip Barry's comedy of class, manners and marriage, The Philadelphia Story, directed by Scott Ellis, according to

Stage and screen stars Bradley Cooper (The Elephant Man) and Sienna Miller (Cabaret), who have appeared on screen together in American Sniper and Burnt, took part in the reading. The industry website reports that the duo may star in a Broadway revival of the comedy sometime next season. No official announcement about a revival has been made.

Roundabout Theatre Company had announced a revival of Philadelphia Story, directed by Alex Timbers, for fall 2013. That production was subsequently postponed.

The play was last seen on Broadway in 1981 starring Blythe Danner, Frank Converse and Edward Herrmann. The Philadelphia Story premiered on Broadway in 1939 starring Katharine Hepburn and following its successful run, was made into the well-known, and Academy Award-nominated, 1940 film also starring Hepburn, with Cary Grant and James Stewart. It was also adapted into the movie musical High Society starring Grace Kelly. The latter film was adapted as a 1998 Broadway musical of the same title, which earned a Tony nomination for 12-year-old Anna Kendrick.

American playwright Barry's Broadway plays include You and I (1923), Paris Bound (1927), Holiday (1928), Tomorrow and Tomorrow (1931), The Animal Kingdom (1932), Hotel Universe (1940), Without Love (1942) and more. Mr. Barry died in New York City in 1949 at the age of 53.

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