Will Frost/Nixon Reach Broadway in Spring 2007?

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It is looking more and more likely that the London stage hit Frost/Nixon will reach Broadway during the 2006-07 season.

Frank Langella as Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon.
Frank Langella as Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon. Photo by Johan Persson

On Sept. 25, Variety reported that Ron Howard will direct a film version of the play— which depicts the famed series of interviews between David Frost and former President Richard M. Nixon—but has agreed to shoot the project "following the show's West End and Broadway transfers."

On Sept. 29, the New York Post further reported that the Peter Morgan work would arrive in spring 2007, probably in a Shubert house.

No Broadway transfer has been announced officially, but talk has been circulating ever since the show opened to rave reviews in August. American producer Arielle Tepper is attached to the project.

A Broadway transfer would almost certainly include Frank Langella, who plays Nixon in the London production. The American actor has won perhaps his best reviews since Dracula in 1977 made him a star. If the show comes to New York, he will be a top contener for the Best Actor in a Play Tony Award. Langella plays Nixon to the Frost of British actor Michael Sheen.

Langella is best known for his Broadway role as Dracula (1979). He recently appeared in George Clooney's "Good Night and Good Luck." He made his Broadway debut in the 1960s and won his first Tony Award for Edward Albee's Seascape (1975). His roles onstage have included Strindberg (The Father) to Noel Coward (Present Laughter). He has also been a regular at The New York Shakespeare Festival. Other Broadway credits include Amadeus and Turgenev's Fortune's Fool (2002, adapted by English writer Mike Poulton) in which he played opposite Alan Bates and for which he won a second Tony. Sheen returns to the Donmar following his Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in the title role of Caligula. His other stage credits include The U.N. Inspector at the National, and Amadeus in Peter Hall’s 1999 revival of Peter Shaffer's Tony-winning play.

Morgan's most high-profile work, written for British television, was also political. Called "The Deal," the piece was a fictionalized account of the leadership deal struck before the 1997 British General Election between Prime Minister hopefuls and Labour MPs, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

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