The Graduate May Launch Tour in San Francisco in Aug. 2003

News   The Graduate May Launch Tour in San Francisco in Aug. 2003
A casting notice for the upcoming national tour of The Graduate indicates that the production will begin performances in August 2003 in San Francisco.

Peter Lawrence will direct the tour, which features the Terry Johnson adaptation of the classic 1967 film. Johnson directed the Broadway and London mountings of the play. Casting has yet to be announced, though the notice says, “Cast members from the Broadway and London companies will be offered their roles in this touring company.”

The Graduate, which began its stage life in London, commenced Broadway previews March 15, 2002, at the Plymouth Theatre and opened April 4, 2002. The drama was also a box-office hit in pre-Broadway engagements in Baltimore, Toronto and Boston.

On Broadway, The Graduate played a total of 380 performances and 24 previews on Broadway. The original cast boasted Kathleen Turner as the infamous Mrs. Robinson with an even more infamous nude scene. Others in the original cast included “American Pie” star Jason Biggs as Benjamin Braddock and Alicia Silverstone as Elaine Robinson. Turner was eventually succeeded in the role by “Sopranos” star Lorraine Bracco.

Directed by Mike Nichols, the original film cast Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson, Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock and Katharine Ross as Elaine Robinson. Nichols won an Academy Award for Best Director, and the film also received Oscar nominations for Hoffman, Bancroft and Ross as well as Best Cinematography (Robert Surtees), Best Picture (Lawrence Turman) and Best Writing (screenplay based on material from another medium—Calder Willingham and Buck Henry).

According to the internet site Broadway Across America, tour dates will include Indianapolis’ Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University (Nov. 25-30, 2003), Columbus’ Palace Theatre (Dec. 2-7, 2003), Louisville’s Kentucky Center for the Arts: The Louisville Palace (Dec. 9-14, 2003), Cincinnati’s Aronoff Center (Dec. 16-28, 2003), Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall (Dec. 30, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004), Baltimore’s Mechanic Theatre (Jan. 6-18, 2004), Philadelphia’s Merriam Theater at the University of the Arts (March 16 21, 2004), Milwaukee’s Uihlein Hall (March 30-April 4, 2004) and Nashville’s Jackson Hall (May 11-16, 2004).

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