'Prymate' will hold on until after Tonys announcement
“Democracy” has firmed its plans for Broadway this fall.The play by Michael Frayn, about the complex relationship between German chancellor Willy Brandt and his assistant, will open at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on Nov. 18. It begins previews Nov. 2. The drama opened to acclaim at London’s National Theater in August 2003 and later transferred to the West End. On Broadway it will again be helmed by Michael Blakemore, Frayn’s frequent collaborator. No casting has been announced, but the production is expected to use American actors, as was the case with the Frayn-Blakemore production of “Copenhagen” on Broadway. The production is the second in a new alliance between the National Theater and Broadway producers Bob Boyett and Bill Haber. The first is the current revival of Tom Stoppard’s “Jumpers.” Boyettt/Ostar Prods. and Nederlander Presentations are the producers for “Democracy.” In other Broadway news, the Mark Medoff play “Prymate” will hold on at least until next week, according to a spokesman. Tony nominations are announced Monday. The animal-rights drama opened Wednesday to excoriating reviews. In the Daily News, Howard Kissel said, “In nearly three decades of professional theatergoing, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a play worse” than “Prymate.” The New York Times’ Margo Jefferson was less damning but hardly enthusiastic. But “Prymate” is produced by Chase Mishkin, who kept last season’s “Urban Cowboy” running for weeks despite similarly dire notices.