The hot dancing feet and jazz hands of Bob Fosse will quit the stage of the Broadhurst Theatre this September to make way for the Scandinavian chill of August Strindberg's Dance of Death, Playbill On-Line has learned. The Tony-winner Fosse will give its last performance on Sept. 1, after a two- and-a-half-year run.
No opening date has been set for The Shubert Organization production of Dance. As previously reported, Richard Greenberg's new adaptation of the drama will be directed by Sean Mathias. Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren have been repeatedly mentioned for the leads. Although the play is expected at the Broadhurst, as of May 30 there was no official announcement of the booking.
Dance of Death was written by the Swedish master in 1901 and belongs to Strindberg's later, expressionistic phase, a period which produced such classic works as The Ghost Sonata and The Dream Play.
The English Mathias is best known in America for his production of Indiscretions, a retitled reworking of French surrealist Jean Cocteau's Les Parents Terribles. The Broadway production starred Eileen Atkins, Kathleen Turner, Roger Rees, Cynthia Nixon and Jude Law.
Greenberg's many works include Three Days of Rain and Night and Her Stars. A couple of other Greenberg plays may reach New York in the coming season. The Dazzle has long been scheduled for a Drama Dept. staging. And the dramatist's latest, Everett Beekin, premiered at South Coast Repertory Theatre last fall and is now reportedly looking for a home in Manhattan. The idea of a Broadway production of the often-forbidding Strindberg is not as outlandish as it might seem. A mounting of The Father, starring Frank Langella, was a hit for the Roundabout Theatre Company in the mid-90s.