Two U.K. stars, Jude Law and Eddie Izzard, are in discussions to return to the New York stage, reported Variety.
Howard Panter, who is the managing director of the Ambassador Theater Group (ATG) — represented on Broadway this season with the hit production of Noises Off and the upcoming The Mystery of Charles Dickens — told the industry paper that both Law and Izzard are anxious to reprise their most recent stage roles on The Great White Way.
Law, a star of stage and screen who was last on Broadway baring his soul and a whole lot more in Indiscretions, is currently appearing in David Lan's production of Doctor Faustus at the Young Vic. Law offers a highly physical performance as the doomed Faustus, and he hopes to repeat his role in what is perhaps Marlowe's best-known play on Broadway.
This past winter, Eddie Izzard, the comedian and actor, starred in a London production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Peter Nichols' black comedy, which concerns coping with a severely disabled child, played London's Comedy Theatre, and ATG plans to mount a Main Stem production with the Emmy-winning Izzard next season.
The 30-year-old Law was born in Southeast London and began his professional career in the Granada soap "Families." He appeared in several London stage productions, which led to a 1992 Olivier Award nomination as Outstanding Newcomer. His Broadway debut in "Indiscretions" — repeating his London success — earned the young actor a Tony nomination as well as a Theatre World Award. Fame in feature films followed, including roles in "Wilde," "Gattaca," "The Talented Mr. Ripley," "Enemy at the Gates" and this season's Steven Spielberg entry, "A.I." He also recently formed Natural Nylon Theater Co., a theatre production company he started with fellow actor Ewan McGregor and other thespians. British comedian-actor Eddie Izzard, who often dons drag, received two Emmy Awards for his HBO special "Dress to Kill," which he had previously performed onstage. His other theatrical credits include Definite Article, Unrepeatable, One Word Improv and Live at the Ambassadors, and among his feature film credits are "Velvet Goldmine," "The Avengers," "Shadow of the Vampire" and "All the Queen's Men."
Other productions that ATG hopes to transfer to Broadway include revivals of My One and Only, Benefactors and the "junk opera" Shockheaded Peter. Both My One and Only and Benefactors will be produced in conjunction with the Nederlander Organization, and ATG explained that those shows will be recast with American actors, although ATG's Panter hopes Janie Dee — who scored raves during her Manhattan Theatre Club bow — will be allowed to repeat her role in My One and Only for Broadway audiences.
—By Andrew Gans