Actress to star in revival of 1980 comedy 'Firecracker Contest'
Amber Tamblyn will star in a Broadway staging of Beth Henley’s “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” opening this spring in a production directed by Judith Ivey.Show will rep the Broadway debut of Tamblyn, whose screen credits include “Joan of Arcadia,” “House,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” and the upcoming “Django Unchained.” Show will also mark the Rialto helming bow of Ivey, the thesp (“Hurlyburly”) who’s directed Off Broadway and regionally (“Vanities: The Musical”). The 1980 play centers on a young Mississippi woman (Tamblyn) whose goal of winning her town’s Miss Firecracker Contest is threatened by the arrival of her cousin, a former winner of the competish. Show first played New York in a 1984 Off Broadway run toplined by Holly Hunter. Title was later adapted into a 1989 pic in which Hunter also starred. The spring Broadway outing is produced by HOP Theatricals and lead producer Larry Kaye, who’s been on the producing team of shows including “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “American Idiot.” He’s already got another play on the spring sked, Eric Coble’s “The Velocity of Autumn” starring Estella Parsons and Stephen Spinella. Theater and exact dates for “Miss Firecracker” remain to be announced.