Thesp circling first Broadway project in 40 years
Four decades after his stage debut here, Burt Reynolds looks to return to Broadway in Joel Fields’ new play “Pitch.”
Thesp’s only previous Broadway credit is the short-lived Hugh Wheeler play “Look, We’ve Come Through,” which lasted five perfs in 1961. Jose Quintero directed.
Reynolds broke the news of his possible Broadway stint in the current issue of the Observer. “I’ve found a play I really like, and it’s a question of finding somebody else that will work with it,” he said of the two-hander “Pitch.”
Contacted by Daily Variety, producer Jeffrey Richards confirmed Reynolds’ interest in the project. “We’re hopeful. We’ve had a couple of readings, Burt Reynolds has looked at theaters, and we are delighted with his interest,” said Richards, who most recently produced “Enchanted April” on Broadway. The producer credited Reynolds’ manager, Erik Pritzer, for bringing the various parties together.
“Pitch” tells the story of two TV producers who are trying to sell a movie of the week to a network executive.
Richards called Fields “a new American playwright.” The scribe’s previous effort, “How I Fell in Love,” was staged at Williamstown.
If all goes as planned, Richards projects a spring/summer 2004 preem on Broadway for “Pitch,” with Barnet Kellman directing. The veteran TV helmer (“Alias,” “Murphy Brown”) staged “Key Exchange” Off Broadway.