Evans pictures B'way run
Robert Evans has announced he’s coming to town in a new stage show called “The Kid Live on Broadway.”
But after his autobiography and docu “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” what’s left to be said about Robert Evans?
“I have a hunk of material,” said the actor-turned-Paramount-exec-turned producer. And that includes a new memoir called “The Fat Lady Sang,” which picks up the Evans saga in 1998 when the producer of “Chinatown” and “The Cotton Club” almost died from a stroke.
Not that his Broadway show will be a bedside-recovery story. “It focuses on everything from my teens to today,” Evans said. Boyhood pal Dick Van Patten is expected to join Evans onstage.
Although “The Kid” would be his Broadway debut, Evans calls himself an old pro at performing in front of a live audience.
“In the 1940s, I did a lot of Equity Library Theater and live radio in New York, including the ‘Let’s Pretend’ show. In radio, you performed in front of 700, 800 people,” Evans recalled. “We also had electric lights.”
Lead producer on “The Kid” is Barry Avrich, who heads Toronto-based Echo Advertising, a marketer of Broadway shows. Avrich is also a documaker. He expects his film “Last Mogul,” based on the life of Lew Wasserman, to be released in spring 2006.
As for Evans’ memoir “The Fat Lady Sang,” he is looking for a publisher but not a film studio. “It has been sold to Universal,” he said.
Evans may have better luck finding a publisher than an available Broadway theater this spring. Several shows are already on waiting lists at a handful of Broadway venues.
“If not this spring, then the fall,” Evans said. “The show could last a year, it could last a night. But it will be fun. What the hell else am I going to do?”