Tyne Daly in Negotiations For Broadway Revival of Master Class

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Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Tyne Daly will likely return to Broadway this summer in a revival of Terrence McNally's Tony Award-winning play Master Class.

Master Class star Tyne Daly
Master Class star Tyne Daly Photo by Joan Marcus

The New York Post reports that the award-winning actress, who played opera diva Maria Callas in the Kennedy Center's April production of Master Class, is currently in negotiations to reprise that performance for Manhattan Theatre Club. The production would play Broadway's Friedman Theatre beginning in June 2011.

Lynne Meadow, who is the artistic director of MTC, told the Post, "It's a little early, and we're keeping our fingers crossed that it will happen, but we hope to have Tyne in Master Class at the Friedman in June."

Stephen Wadsworth directed the Kennedy Center Master Class — the last play to open as part of the Kennedy Center's Nights at the Opera series celebrating McNally's work. The three-play series also included the premiere of Golden Age and a revival of The Lisbon Traviata.

Callas' "victims" (as she lovingly refers to them in the script) were portrayed by Laquita Mitchell (Porgy and Bess with San Francisco Opera) as fiery soprano Sharon, Ta'u Pupu'a as tenor Tony and Alexandra Silber (Carousel and The Woman in White in the West End) as first soprano Sophie. Jeremy Cohen was the accompanist, Manny, with Clinton Brandhagen as the Stagehand.

The play is inspired by Callas' Juilliard master classes, which were preserved on tape. For the stage production, McNally imagines the Greek soprano reliving her stage triumphs and personal tragedies as she interacts with young, hopeful performers. Master Class had set design by Thomas Lynch, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by David Lander and sound design by Jon Gottlieb.

Daly earned a Tony Award for the 1989 revival of Gypsy and was Tony nominated for her performance in David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole. Daly recently appeared Off-Broadway in Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Her screen roles include "Cagney and Lacey," "Grey's Anatomy," "Play It As It Lays," "John and Mary," "The Entertainer," "Judging Amy" and "Wings."

Master Class, under the direction of Leonard Foglia, initially played the Kennedy Center prior to its 1995 Broadway bow. The play earned Tony Awards for Best Play, Best Actress (Zoe Caldwell) and Best Featured Actress (Audra McDonald). Since then, a host of women have inhabited the coveted role of Maria Callas in McNally's play, including Patti LuPone (who also starred in the London premiere), Dixie Carter and Faye Dunaway.

Jeremy Cohen, Ta
Jeremy Cohen, Ta Photo by Joan Marcus
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