Preem may be presented in tandem with Clear Channel
SOUTHBURY, Conn. — The American preem of Joe Penhall’s London hit “Blue/Orange,” presented in tandem with Clear Channel Entertainment/Broadway in Boston, is being eyed by Boston’s nonprofit Huntington Theater Co. for spring. The show would be mounted at the commercial Wilbur Theater.
Last season, the two organizations came together in a similar way to present Becky Mode’s “Fully Committed” at the Wilbur.
‘Springtime’ in the wings
If “Blue/Orange” doesn’t come to pass, the other play under consideration for a co-production at the Wilbur is a revival of Benn W. Levy’s 1931 West End farce “Springtime for Henry.”
Nicholas Martin’s second season as Huntington artistic director in the 890-seat Boston University Theater will open Sept. 7 with a production of the recent Broadway musical “James Joyce’s The Dead,” once again directed by book writer Richard Nelson. It will be a co-production with San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.
Beginning Oct. 26 Christopher Durang’s “Betty’s Summer Vacation,” directed by Martin and featuring Andrea Martin will get a run.
The season’s third production will be Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” (Jan. 4-Feb. 3), directed by Darko Tresnjak and featuring Tony winner Richard Easton as Captain Shotover. It replaces the previously scheduled “Camino Real,” which was to have been a pre-Broadway remounting of Nicholas Martin’s recent Williamstown Theater Festival production of the Tennessee Williams play.
‘Nixon’ on the move
Next will be a transfer of Boston playwright Russell Lees’ “Nixon’s Nixon” from London’s Comedy Theater. The play opened on the West End on July 23, directed by Charles Towers and starring Keith Jochim (Nixon) and Tim Donoghue (Kissinger). The same director and cast will bring the play to the Huntington from March 1-31.
The final production at the Boston University Theater, which has just been given a complete interior paint and gold-leaf job, and new lighting and sound systems, will be Frank McGuinness’ “Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme,” directed by Martin (May 17-June 16). Martin will be trying out his production on the second stage of this summer’s Williamstown festival.