Davenport hopes to produce Sorkin revival in 2010-11
Producer Ken Davenport hopes Broadway can handle a revival of “A Few Good Men,” the Aaron Sorkin play chronicling the legal fallout of a murder at the Guantanamo Bay naval base.
No thesps have yet been lined up for the potential production, which Davenport aims to get to the Rialto during the 2010-11 season. David Esbjornson (“The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?”) will direct.
Play, subsequently adapted into a 1992 pic helmed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, launched the career of scribe Sorkin, who went on to create TV skeins “Sports Night,” “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” Writer’s only other Broadway outing so far has been “The Farnsworth Invention,” which played the Main Stem during the 2007-08 season.
The ensemble of “A Few Good Men” would make the show something of an anomaly among the current crop of Broadway plays, producers of which tend to favor small casts and the low running costs that come with them. Twenty thesps appeared in the 1989 Broadway preem, which ran for about 15 months.
Davenport (“Altar Boyz”) said he hopes to cast a big-name topliner in the show, joining a string of recent star-driven play revivals including Jude Law’s take on “Hamlet” and the current Scarlett Johansson-Liev Schreiber staging of “A View From the Bridge.”
Theater and exact dates for “Men” have not yet been nailed down. Potential production joins the list of Broadway offerings in development with Davenport, who is also at work on a revival of “Godspell” and a new tuner adaptation of “Somewhere in Time.”