Hitchcockian play to cross the pond; no casting confirmed
LONDON — “Hitchcock Blonde,” Terry Johnson’s play about, among many other things, Alfred Hitchcock and his near-fetishistic passion for screen blondes, is heading toward a Broadway opening in February.Ted Tulchin’s Maidstone Prods. would lead the producing consortium on a venture expected to cost about $2 million. No casting has yet been confirmed, though Tony winner Jane Krakowski (“Nine”) is among the name actresses under consideration for a role that — in London, anyway — included a lengthy nude scene late in the action. The role in question is that of the archetypally named Blonde who, per Johnson, was Janet Leigh’s body double for the shower scene in “Psycho.” Bond girl Rosamund Pike took the part in London. A tougher challenge may be casting the role of Hitch, uncannily filled in London by helmer look- and sound-alike William Hootkins. Play opened in April 2003 to strong biz at the Royal Court, though it later faltered at the box office when it transferred to the Lyric, Shaftesbury Avenue, on the West End. It went on to receive an Olivier nom for best play and took the prize earlier this year for William Dudley’s sets. There had been some thought that the play might come to New York earlier in the upcoming season, but Dudley is tied up through at least September designing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical, “The Woman in White.” Scribe Johnson was most recently repped on Broadway by the adaptation of “The Graduate,” starring Kathleen Turner, which got poor reviews but did strong biz.Johnson also has been busy filming the biopic “Not Only … But Always,” for the U.K.’s Channel 4. In the movie, Rhys Ifans and Aidan McArdle play British funnymen Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.