Patrick Wilson Hopes to Headline Broadway's Barefoot in the Park

News   Patrick Wilson Hopes to Headline Broadway's Barefoot in the Park
Patrick Wilson may star in the new Scott Elliott-directed production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, set for the 2005-06 Broadway season.

"If all the dates can be worked out," Wilson told columnist Harry Haun, he'll play the Robert Redford role in the upcoming revival.

It would be the popular and busy Wilson's first Broadway assignment since 2002's Oklahoma! and the first Broadway play ever for the Full Monty veteran. Since Oklahoma!, Wilson has starred in such films as "Angels in America," "The Phantom of the Opera" and "The Alamo."

No official casting for the production has been announced.

Roy Gabay and Robyn Goodman will produce. The producing partners also mounted the current Broadway production of Steel Magnolias.

The New York Times previously reported that Goodman obtained the Broadway rights to Barefoot in the Park from Paramount Pictures. The movie studio bought the rights from Simon in 1965 for $150,000. Simon told the Times earlier this year, "My business manager told me that I should take the money because I may never write another play again." The original production of Barefoot in the Park began previews at the Biltmore Theatre on Oct. 21, 1963. The comedy officially opened Oct. 23 and ran through June 25, 1967, playing a total of 1,530 performances. Mike Nichols directed the play with a cast led by Elizabeth Ashley, Kurt Kasznar, Mildred Natwick, Robert Redford, Herbert Edelman and Joseph Keating.

The film version starred Jane Fonda and Robert Redford.

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