“A View From the Bridge” has a new lease on life and a new lead.
The revival of the Arthur Miller play currently at the Neil Simon Theater will extend its lease there until Labor Day, thanks to a deal reached Monday that has Tony Danza joining the production on July 21.
Danza will mount the boards two days after current lead and best actor Tony winner Anthony LaPaglia’s contract expires on July 19. The play had planned to shutter with LaPaglia’s departure, but now will run until Sept. 6, when Matthew Bourne’s adaptation of “Swan Lake” will bow for a limited run.
“I’m so excited to be going to Broadway,” said Danza, “coming home to New York, and bringing my family with me. What more could I ask for?”
Danza may not be asking for more, but the producers of “View” — Roy Gabay, Liz McCann, Jimmy Nederlander and Roger Berlind — surely will be: They are planning a 20-week national tour — something to which Danza has not yet agreed, according to a spokeswoman.
A national tour will be needed to help defray production costs, according to an insider. The tour is being handled by the Nederlander Organization.
Calls to producers were not returned at deadline. A list of touring dates is expected to be hammered out by next week.