‘Out’ scores B’way run; a ‘Long’ look

Few new plays officially announced for current season

NEW YORK — “Take Me Out” is expected to follow “Proof” into the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway.

And Vanessa Redgrave may make her return to the Great White Way for the first time in 13 years this season.

Richard Greenberg’s “Take Me Out” opened Sept. 5 at the Public Theater after a summer-long run at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Joe Mantello directed the co-production of the two legit companies.

“Take Me Out” focuses on a major-league baseball player who publicly discloses his homosexuality. Daniel Sunjata and Denis O’Hare headline the cast of 11.

Carole Shorenstein Hays holds the commercial option on “Take Me Out.” Last season, she took the lead to bring another Public production to Broadway, Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog.”

‘Proof’ producer

Hays is also a producer of “Proof,” which played to 40.1% capacity last week after nearly two years on Broadway. The San Francisco-based producer could not be reached for comment regarding “Take Me Out.” A spokesperson for the Public neither confirmed nor denied the report regarding the Greenberg play.

Few new plays have been officially announced for the current Broadway season. Hamish McColl and Sean Foley’s “The Play What I Wrote,” directed by Kenneth Branagh, is planned for spring 2003, with three fall 2002 entries now set with opening-night dates: Rupert Holmes’ “Say Goodnight, Gracie” (Oct. 10), Carol Burnett and Carrie Hamilton’s “Hollywood Arms” (Oct. 31) and Nora Ephron’s “Imaginary Friends” (Dec. 12).

Meanwhile, the Roundabout has officially postponed its Broadway production of the classic August Strindberg drama “Miss Julie.” Natasha Richardson and Philip Seymour Hoffman had originally been announced for a winter 2003 staging. The actress, however, withdrew from the project to pursue her film career.

In a novel twist, Richardson’s mother, Vanessa Redgrave, may return to Broadway this season in the long-delayed David Richenthal production of “A Long Day’s Journey into Night,” with Brian Dennehy essaying James Tyrone.

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