Dennehy, Plummer will star in Hughes-helmed revival
Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy will “Inherit the Wind” this spring, toplining a revival of the 1955 play set for a 12-week run at the Lyceum Theater starting in March.
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s “Wind,” a fictionalized version of the 1925 Scopes monkey trial, will be helmed by Doug Hughes (“Doubt”). Plummer is cast as a lawyer defending a high school science teacher convicted of teaching evolution in the classroom, while Dennehy portrays the prosecuting attorney.
“Wind” joins a small pool of play revivals on the Broadway sked this season, including the Nathan Lane starrer “Butley,” a Manhattan Theater Club production of “Translations” and a staging of “Heartbreak House” that opens at the Roundabout Oct. 11.
Santo Loquasto will design sets and costumes for the show. Boyett Ostar Prods. (“The History Boys”) and the Shubert Org are among the producers.
Original 1955 Broadway production starred Paul Muni and Ed Begley, who both won Tonys for their perfs, and Spencer Tracy appeared in the 1960 pic adaptation. A 1996 revival starred Charles Durning and George C. Scott.