‘Spirit’ materializes on Broadway

Noel Coward comedy set for next spring

The 1941 Noel Coward comedy “Blithe Spirit” is poised to haunt Broadway next spring in a revival shepherded by the producing team also on the Rialto with “August: Osage County” and the upcoming “Speed-the-Plow.”

Michael Blakemore (“Noises Off,” “Kiss Me Kate,” “Is He Dead?”) will helm the production, which is aimed for a March opening at a Shubert theater yet to be determined. No cast has been finalized.

Plot follows a wealthy man who, after a seance, is haunted by the ghost of his first wife. Show has been revived twice before on Broadway, most recently in a 1987 staging that starred Richard Chamberlain, Blythe Danner, Judith Ivey and Geraldine Page.

Producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler have produced a number of recent Rialto plays including “August,” “Talk Radio,” “The Homecoming” and “November.” The trio’s next project is a fall staging of the 1988 David Mamet play “Speed-the-Plow” that stars Jeremy Piven, Raul Esparza and Elisabeth Moss.

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