Sonia Friedman Wants to Stage "Shakespeare in Love" and Kim Cattrall in Ghosts

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Tony Award-winning British producer Sonia Friedman, whose productions of The Norman Conquests and Boeing-Boeing won the Best Revival Tonys in 2008 and 2009, respectively, has more than 20 new projects on her plate, according to The New York Times.
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In addition to hoping to bring the popular London productions of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia and Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein's La Cage aux Folles to Broadway, Friedman is seeking to develop (with producer Harvey Weinstein's participation) a stage version of the seven-time Academy Award-winning 1998 motion picture "Shakespeare in Love," which had an Oscar-winning screenplay co-written by Tom Stoppard. The movie, a fictional account of Shakespeare's creative life, won the Best Picture Academy Award. She's also attached to a new production of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts starring "Sex and the City" actress Kim Cattrall. No production timetable has been announced for these projects.

Friedman is also a producer of Prick Up Your Ears, the new London play about controversial playwright Joe Orton. Performances of Simon Bent's play begin in September at the West End's Comedy Theatre after a U.K. tour.

The Norman Conquests ends its limited run at Broadway's Circle in the Square as scheduled on July 26. According to the Times, the production will not earn back its full investment.

Of the Broadway future of La Cage, she told the Times: "I think our La Cage focuses on the human relationships in a way that Broadway audiences haven't seen in past productions. But a transfer to Broadway needs to feel right before we do it."

Friedman's Broadway producing credits include the 2001 revival of Michael Frayn's Noises Off; A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2003); Brian Friel's Faith Healer; Tom Stoppard's Rock 'n' Roll; Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel's The Woman in White; and 2008-09 productions of Guys and Dolls and The Seagull.

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