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‘Caine Mutiny’ ships up for B’way revival

Casting has not been announced for courtroom drama

“The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial” will receive a Broadway revival in 2005-06.

Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel are producing the 1953 play by Herman Wouk (who celebrates his 90th birthday Friday). Director on the project is Jerry Zaks. Richards and Frankel are currently represented on Broadway with another testosterone-filled revival, David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross,” nommed for several Tonys including play revival.

A courtroom drama, the play is based on the scribe’s 1951 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Caine Mutiny,” and focuses on the circumstances of an uprising aboard a Navy warship at the end of World War II.

“The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial” was first presented in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1953 and toured the country before opening on Broadway the following year. Henry Fonda and Lloyd Nolan headed the cast under the direction of Charles Laughton. Circle in the Square revived the Wouk play in 1983 with Michael Moriarty essaying Queeg.

In a rare circumstance for 1950s Broadway, the play ran concurrently with the film version starring Jose Ferrer and Humphrey Bogart, in the role of the mentally unstable Lt. Cmdr. Queeg.

Casting has not been announced for the 2005-06 revival. Stuart Howard is casting director.

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