Tenney, Epstein to reprise their performances
From page to tube to stage, the latest incarnation of “Tuesdays With Morrie” will open Nov. 19 at the Minetta Lane Theater. The two-character play has been adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom from the latter’s bestselling autobiography chronicling his visits to a terminally ill professor.
Hank Azaria and the late Jack Lemmon starred in the 1999 TV movie.
Jon Tenney and Alvin Epstein reprise their performances for the stage version, which preemed last summer in a workshop production at New York Stage and Film. Producers on the commercial transfer are David Singer, Elizabeth I. McCann and Joey Parnes. David Esbjornson directs.
Singer told Daily Variety that the play will go into rehearsals in about 10 days with the first preview skedded for Nov. 1.
Second Stage is on a Mary Zimmerman roll.
After the Off Broadway company’s success of “Metamorphoses,” which quickly transferred to Broadway, Second Stage will stage the writer-director’s “The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci” in a co-production with Chi’s Goodman Theater. The play will begin its run in Chicago (April 4-May 11), then come to Gotham for its first preview June 3. “Notebooks” had its world premiere at the Goodman in 1993.
Life after “Producers”
The Roundabout makes it official: Henry Goodman, last seen here in a few ill-fated perfs of “The Producers,” will play the lead character in “Tartuffe” in the company’s staging of the Moliere classic. Brian Bedford and J. Smith-Cameron also will headline, as Orgon and Dorine. Previews will begin Dec. 6, with the opening set for Jan. 9 at the company’s American Airlines Theater. Joe Dowling directs.
On the West Coast, Douglas Sills will join Kristin Chenoweth for the Reprise! series concert staging of “On the 20th Century.” Performances will run Jan. 21-Feb. 2.
The Los Angeles-based company also will present “She Loves Me,” which replaces the previously announced “Kismet,” now skedded for the following season. “SLM” will run March 18-30.
“Anything Goes” is the current “Reprise!” offering. Perfs end Sept. 29.