The production is tentatively scheduled to begin previews Feb. 9, 2007, and open March 1 for a run through June 3, according to a casting notice. Though not listed in the notice, the likely home would be Roundabout's American Airlines Theatre as the non-profit's other house, Studio 54, is rooted by The Apple Tree. Production spokespersons could not confirm details.
The lead roles of Peter, Rita and Old Man — played in the 1990 Off-Broadway debut by Alec Baldwin, Mary-Louise Parker and Barnard Hughes, respectively — have already been cast, the notice states. The remaining roles are yet to be cast for a Jan. 9 start of rehearsals.
The play follows the lives of a young couple who find themselves suddenly thrown for a loop. The comedy interweaves a bit of fantasy as two characters corporeally change places.
The work, commissioned by South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California, made its world premiere there in 1988. Circle Repertory Theatre then presented the play Off-Broadway under the direction of Norman René. The production — which also featured Larry Bryggman, John Dossett and Debra Monk — transferred to Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre with Timothy Hutton taking over for Baldwin. Baldwin would return to the role for the 1992 film version (adapted by Lucas and helmed again by René) opposite Meg Ryan and Sydney Walker.
Lucas recently penned the book for the Adam Guettel musical The Light in the Piazza and the plays The Singing Forest, Small Tragedy and an adaptation of Miss Julie. Other works include Reckless, Blue Window, God's Heart and Stranger, among others. In recent years, the playwright has taken to directing such productions as Play Yourself, Saved or Destroyed and This Thing of Darkness and made his feature film directing debut with his "The Dying Gaul." Daniel Sullivan recently signed on to direct a forthcoming Broadway run of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. The director last staged the 2005 revival of Julius Caesar starring Denzel Washington on Broadway. Other credits include Proof, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Major Barbara and The Heidi Chronicles.
A number of possibilities have been reported for upcoming Roundabout productions, including Harold Pinter's Old Times with Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan and a revival of Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Though neither show was officially announced, The New York Times reported that the former was postponed due to casting problems and the latter has been removed from the website's forthcoming lineup.