Kander and Ebb's Musical The Visit in Talks for Public Theater

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The Visit, the John Kander, Fred Ebb and Terrence McNally musical which premiered in Chicago in 2001, may find a New York home Off-Broadway.

The producers are currently discussing the possibility of a 2004 staging with officials at Off-Broadway Public Theater, a spokesperson for the nonprofit confirmed. Talks are in the early stages and nothing has been decided.

The Visit's fate has been in limbo since the show debuted at The Goodman Theater in Chicago on Oct. 1, 2001. The show's longtime goal was Broadway, but more recent reports have had it looking at other regional houses and "various options" in Manhattan, according to a spokesperson for the show.

Frank Galati directed Chita Rivera and John McMartin as the two central figures in the Friedrich Dürrenmatt-inspired musical, about Claire Zachanassian, the world's richest woman, and the price she asks for saving her economically-depressed hometown. Ann Reinking fashioned the choreography and the supporting cast included Guy Adkins, Steven Sutcliffe and Mark Jacoby.

Over the past year, McMartin's time has been taken up with playing the narrator in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods. The Sondheim show recently closed, but now The Visit's other star, Rivera, is contracted to star in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Nine.

Barry Brown, Anita Waxman, Elizabeth Williams and Kevin McCollum are The Visit's producers. At one point, several seasons back, The Visit starred Angela Lansbury and was on the fast track for Broadway. When Lansbury dropped out to tend to her sick husband, the project stalled until it found a home at the Goodman and a new star in Rivera. Past Public Theater musicals include A Chorus Line, The Wild Party and On the Town. This season includes Radiant Baby, a new musical about artist Keith Haring.

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