Oprah Winfrey Eyes Broadway Debut in The Visit, But Chita Rivera Musical Opens First

News   Oprah Winfrey Eyes Broadway Debut in The Visit, But Chita Rivera Musical Opens First
Oprah Winfrey, the media mogul and talk show host, hopes to appear on Broadway in a new adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit, the New York Post reports.

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Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America, "Lincoln") has been working on an adaptation of the play for Winfrey, which follows a wealthy woman seeking revenge on a former lover.

A musical adaptation of The Visit, with music by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a book by Terrence McNally, will begin performances March 26 prior to an official opening April 23. Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera will star alongside Roger Rees.

It had also been reported that Winfrey was considering co-starring with six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald in a revival of 'Night Mother, but an official announcement of the production was never made.

The streamlined, one-act incarnation of The Visit musical previously played the Williamstown Theatre Festival directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle.

Rivera originated the role of Claire Zachanassian when The Visit had its debut in September 2001 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and later repeated her work at the Signature Theatre in 2008 and at Williamstown.

Oprah received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in "The Color Purple." She has also appeared in the films "Beloved" and "The Butler." As previously reported, she has said her Broadway debut is in her future.

The Post reports that Winfrey had hoped to star in The Visit in the 2015-16 season, but she will now wait and see how the musical is received.

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