James Naughton's solo show, titled James Naughton: Street of Dreams , will officially open Feb. 4 for a six-week run. As first reported on Playbill On-Line, the solo show will play New York's Promenade Theatre. It began previews Jan. 28.
Street of Dreams continues actor Naughton's current foray into the world of cabaret. Backed by a five-piece band directed by John Oddo, the 20-song gig will feature such standards as "Pennies from Heaven," "Stardust" and "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" David Stone, who will produce the show along with Chase Mishkin and Julian Schlossberg, told Playbill On-Line the show will feature a different format than that seen earlier this year when Naughton -- who won a Tony for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in Chicago -- performed his act at Manhattan Theatre Club.
Presenting the piece will be one of the theatre's most esteemed directors, Mike Nichols, said Stone. Variety reported (Dec. 11) Nichols would helm the piece. However, Stone said Nichols' involvement would not involve directing. "The show has no director," he said.
(Nichols hasn't directed in New York since his 1992 production of Death and the Maiden starring Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss and Glenn Close. Prior to that, he directed Robin Williams and Steve Martin in Waiting for Godot in 1988. Nichols began his career as a director with such hits as Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple . For the past few decades, however, his film career -- launched by "The Graduate" -- has overshadowed his theatre work.)
Naughton's stage credits include Four Baboons Adoring the Sun and City of Angels. The Yasmina Reza play The Unexpected Man will begin performances at the Promenade come September 1999.