Touched by an Angel: Bobbi Boland, with Farrah Fawcett, Crowns Broadway Nov. 4

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Farrah Fawcett—who, as a television and poster icon of the '70s, beautified many a teenage boy's bedroom wall—stars as an insecure former beauty queen in Nancy Hasty's comedy, Bobbi Boland.
Farrah Fawcet
Farrah Fawcet

The play begins Nov. 4, a week later than the previously announced Oct. 31. Opening night remains Nov. 24.

Tom Wiggin play Fawcett's husband. Also in the cast are Tom Beckett, Leon Russom, Kelli Giddish and Janine Barris. Beckett was seen in Epic Proportions and The Father on Broadway. Russom's credits include A Talent for Murder and Oh! Calcutta!.

David Esbjornson directs the play.

Bobbi Boland had a run Off-Broadway at the ArcLight Theatre in spring 2001. The show opened March 1 after previews started Feb. 15. Evan Bergman directed. Rose McGuire was cast in the lead, but was replaced in previews by playwright Hasty. Also in the cast were Rose McGuire, Gregg Henry, Holiday Segal, Byron Loyd, David Little and Tanya Clarke.

The play is set in Florida in the late 1960s and demonstrates how far a former beauty queen will go to protect her realm. The character Bobbi has built a life that could be compared to a shrine, symbolized by the glass cabinet in her living room that houses her 1947 crown. Boland's formal world is tossed into chaos with the arrival of a young, beautiful woman. Akin to another recent Esbjornson production, Edward Albee's The Goat, there is word that the set and props may suffer some damage at the hands of the actors.

The designers are John Arnone (set design), Ellizabeth Hope Clancy (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design) and John Kilgore (sound design).

The new staging is being produced by Deep End Productions.

Farrah Fawcett was a 1970s bombshell blonde in TV's "Charlie's Angels" but also impressed critics with her work in the TV movie, "The Burning Bed," and the film version of the play Extremities. Past stage experience include a 1980 production of Butterflies Are Free at the Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, Florida.

Appropo her current role, Fawcett was voted the "Most Beautiful Woman" by her high school.

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