Producer Scott Rudin will convey actor Dustin Hoffman to Broadway in a 2021 staging of “Our Town,” to be directed by Bartlett Sher (“To Kill A Mockingbird”).
Hoffman will play the function of the Stage Manager in the traditional Thornton Wilder play, sources shut to the manufacturing say.
The manufacturing will likely be Hoffman’s first Broadway function since his Tony Award-nominated efficiency of Shylock in 1989’s “The Merchant of Venice.” He performed Willy Loman in an acclaimed 1984 revival of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” and appeared in a number of productions through the 1960s, together with “Jimmy Shine,” “The Subject Was Roses” and “A Cook for Mr. General.”
Hoffman, most not too long ago seen on display screen in Noah Baumbach’s Netflix 2017 movie “The Meyerowitz Stories,” received an Emmy Award for Volker Schlöndorff’s 1985 tv adaptation of “Death of a Salesman,” costarring his Broadway revival castmates Kate Reid, John Malkovich and Stephen Lang.
Sher was Tony-nominated for his most up-to-date Broadway manufacturing, “To Kill A Mockingbird” (additionally produced by Rudin). Among his many different stage credit are 2018’s “My Fair Lady,” in addition to “Fiddler on the Roof,” “The King and I,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” and his Tony-winning “South Pacific” in 2008. In all, he’s been nominated for 9 Tony Awards.
The information comes as Broadway is determined for indicators of a post-shutdown resurrection. The Broadway League introduced this week that theaters are formally closed till January 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and few insiders imagine any productions will return earlier than Spring 2021 at earliest.
Last week, a slew of deliberate productions introduced goal opening dates of Spring 2021, together with the Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical “Caroline, or Change,” the Rudin-produced “The Music Man starring Hugh Jackman,” “Flying Over Sunset,” “American Buffalo” and “The Minutes.” “Birthday Candles,” starring Debra Messing, will open in Fall 2021.
“Our Town” was final produced on Broadway on the Booth Theatre in 2002, with Paul Newman as The Stage Manager. Spalding Gray performed the function on Broadway in a 1988 Lincoln Center Theater manufacturing.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play’s first Broadway manufacturing opened in 1938, a staging that was revived in New York in 1944 with Montgomery Clift because the younger George.
One of the best and most beloved examples of theatrical Americana, “Our Town” follows the lives, loves and losses contained inside the small city of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913. The Stage Manager serves because the narrator and information by the tales of the fictional city.