Salome: The Reading — with Pacino and Tomei —to Tour

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Oscar Wilde's Salome: The Reading — which played Broadway in spring 2003 with a starry cast led by Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei — will tour Southern California.

Variety reports that Salome: The Reading in Concert will play three performances at San Bernardino's California Theater for the Performing Arts, April 25-27. The month-long tour will likely play seven other citie; venues will be announced shortly.

Estelle Parsons, who directed the Broadway run, told the industry paper, "Broadway was just another stop on the tour. Al and I saw this as a companion piece to Oedipus Rex, which we would stage on alternating nights. But the two (plays) require different types of theatre. We stage Salome as 'a happening.'"

Produced by Robert Fox, Daryl Roth and Amy Nederlander, the Broadway staging of Salome featured direction by Parsons and original music by Yukio Tsuji. The remainder of the creative team comprised Peter Larkin (set design), Jane Greenwood (set design), Howard Thies (lighting design) and Erich Brechtel and David Schnirman (sound design). The company also included Dianne Wiest and David Strathairn with Timothy Altmeyer, Jill Alexander, Daryl Dismond, Timothy Doyle, Robert Heller, Owen Hollander, Bob Lavelle, Chris McGarry, Ed Setrakian and Kevin Stapleton.

Salome, a tale of desire and revenge, follows the legend of King Herod and his lust for Salome, his young stepdaughter, and her sexual baiting of John the Baptist.

Al Pacino was most recently on Broadway in Oscar Wilde's Salome: The Reading. He made his Broadway debut in the 1969 production of Does a Tiger Wear Necktie?, earning a Tony Award for his performance. He scored another Tony for his role in the 1977 revival of The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel. Prior to Salome, the stage and film actor was last on Broadway in 1996 in a revival of Hughie, which he also directed. Pacino's other Broadway credits include Camino Real, King Richard III, American Buffalo and Chinese Coffee. He received the Academy Award for his work in the film "Scent of a Woman."

Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei in <i>Oscar Wilde's Salome: The Reading</i>
Al Pacino and Marisa Tomei in Oscar Wilde's Salome: The Reading
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