Kevin Bacon Rear Window Cancels First Preview at Hartford Stage

News   Kevin Bacon Rear Window Cancels First Preview at Hartford Stage
Hartford Stage's world premiere of Rear Window, adapted for the stage by Keith Reddin, will begin performances at the Connecticut venue Oct. 23, a day later than originally announced. The first preview was cancelled due to technical problems.

A production spokesperson told, "Due to complexities with the load-in of the set and a complicated automation design, the tech of Rear Window is going slower than anticipated. In order to give the crew time to finish the set and get the automation working correctly, we have amended the tech schedule. The first preview will be at 8 p.m. Friday."

The sold-out production, which is helmed by artistic director Darko Tresnjak, will still officially open Oct. 30 and run through Nov. 15.

Broadway producers Charlie Lyons, Jay Russell and Jeff Steen are attached to the production, which they are presenting in a special arrangement with Hartford Stage.

Hartford Stage is also where the Tony-winning musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder had its debut.

The cast of Rear Window is headed by stage and screen star Kevin Bacon, who plays Hal Jeffries, with McKinley Belcher III as Sam, Melinda Page Hamilton as Mrs. Thorwald and Gloria, John Bedford Lloyd as Boyne, Robert Stanton as Thorwald and nine ensemble members: Dan Bender, Erik Bloomquist, Ashley Croce, Roy Donnelly, Barbara Gallow, Jon Garrity, Caitlin Harrity, William Squier and Quinn Warren.

Kevin Bacon
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The play is based on the same short story—“Rear Window” by Cornell Woolrich—that inspired the Alfred Hitchcock film, a 1954 Academy Award nominee. According to press notes, the play "is the classic story of a man confined to his apartment who thinks he may have witnessed a murder in a nearby building."

Bacon made his Broadway debut with Slab Boys in 1983, and returned in 2002 with An Almost Holy Picture. He won an OBIE Award for Forty Deuce. He is a Golden Globe Award winner and Emmy Award nominee whose films include "Footloose," "A Few Good Men," "Apollo 13," "Murder in the First," "JFK," "The Woodsman," "X-Men: First Class," "Sleepers," "The River Wild," and his current work, "Cop Car."

The production has scenic design by Alexander Dodge, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by York Kennedy, sound design by Jane Shaw, projection design by Sean Nieuwenhuis and fight choreography by Steve Rankin.

The production stage manager is James Harker.

Tickets for Rear Window are sold-out. For information about other Hartford Stage shows, visit

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