Robin Williams has nailed down a Broadway run in “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo,” the Rajiv Joseph play set to arrive on the Main Stem in March.
Williams will play the titular big cat in “Bengal Tiger,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist this year. Moises Kaufman (“The Laramie Project,” “33 Variations”) helms, reprising directorial duties he originated last year in the play’s preem at L.A.’s Center Theater Group. There the show bowed at the Kirk Douglas Theater and later shifted to the larger Mark Taper Forum.
Robyn Goodman, Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller — the trio behind “Avenue Q” — produce along with CTG.
“Bengal Tiger” will mark Williams’ first extended stint on Broadway, although he did perform a standup show for a handful of Main Stem perfs in 2002.
In 1988 he appearedOff Broadway with Steve Martin in a Mike Nichols-helmed staging of “Waiting for Godot.”
Joseph’s Gotham credits include “Animals out of Paper,” “All This Intimacy” and “Huck and Holden”; another play, “Gruesome Playground Injuries,” is set for a run at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theater beginning in January.
“Bengal Tiger” follows two American soldiers, an Iraqi and a tiger whose lives intersect in Baghdad during the war in Iraq. No further casting for the Broadway incarnation has been nailed down.
Broadway run is skedded to begin previews March 10 ahead of a March 31 opening, with the venue still to be determined.