Nine Revival Starring Banderas Delays First Preview on Broadway to March 21

News   Nine Revival Starring Banderas Delays First Preview on Broadway to March 21
The upcoming Roundabout Theatre Company production of Nine has delayed its first preview performance again to March 21. The musical, which was originally scheduled to begin March 11, previously reset its start to March 18.

"Ongoing theatre renovations of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre," is stated as the reason for the postponement as was the case last time. The production still set to open April 10 for a limited run through June 29.

The Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming production of the Maury Yeston-Arthur Kopit musical receives a restaging by David Leveaux (The Real Thing). Nine will feature Antonio Banderas as filmmaker Guido Contini. The lovers and collaborators in his life – all women — are played by a cast that includes Chita Rivera as Liliane La Fleur, Laura Benanti as Claudia, Jane Krakowski as Carla and Mary Stuart Masterson as Luisa.

Also positioned to tempt Banderas' Guido are Nell Campbell as Lina Darling, Saundra Santiago as Stephanie Necrophorus and Deidre Goodwin as The Lady of the Spa. The ensemble includes Linda Mugleston, Elena Shaddow, Kristin Marks, Sara Gettelfinger and Kathy Voytko.

Jonathan Butterell will choreograph and Kevin Stites serves as musical director. The design team includes Scott Pask (sets), Victoria Mortimer (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lights) and Jon Weston (sound).

Nine marks the Broadway musical debut for Antonio Banderas, who can be remembered for his moviemusical turn as Che in Evita opposite Madonna. Banderas is in experienced company, however, as Rivera returns to Broadway — last appearing in her Tony-winning turn in Kiss of the Spider Woman in 1993. Benanti recently earned praise for her Cinderella in Into the Woods. Krakowski was last seen on Broadway in Once Upon a Mattress in 1996. Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Yeston told Playbill On-Line (Oct. 2002) about Leveaux's resetting the show in the 1960s, around the time that the musical's source material — the Fellini film masterpiece, "8 1/2" — was released. "David Leveaux has completely reinterpreted it and redefined this piece. First of all, he's made it smaller by using 16 women instead of 21, and one boy instead of four boys. Being an Englishman with a great deal of experience in Europe, he has made it European in a way that the [original] American production was very American and highly stylized. He's made it a domestic drama about a marriage; I think [original director] Tommy [Tune] left him room to do that."

Yeston concluded, "I had my shot with Nine in 1982, and I could not have been happier at the time. Now it's David Leveaux's turn. This is his Nine."

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