Cory Michael Smith, the thesp who has attracted some notice in two of this year’s buzzier Off Broadway plays, has snagged the male lead opposite Emilia Clarke in the upcoming Broadway play version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” now set for a March opening at the Cort Theater.
Smith’s current gig in Playwrights Horizon’s well-received production of Samuel D. Hunter’s “The Whale” was preceded by a stint as the central character in the commercial staging of Mike Bartlett’s “Cock.”
In scribe Richard Greenberg’s adaptation of Truman Capote’s 1958 novel, Smith will play Fred, a young writer who falls for good-time girl Holly Golightly (Clarke). Sean Mathias (“The Elephant Man”) directs.
As the Rialto spring sked currently stands, “Breakfast” will open just ahead of a spate of plays including Tom Hanks starrer “Lucky Guy,” Alec Baldwin and Shia LaBeouf vehicle “Orphans” and Nathan Lane topliner “The Nance” — not to mention Manhattan Theater Club’s production of another Greenberg play, “The Assembled Parties.”
Creative team of “Breakfast” now includes Peter Kaczorowski (lights), Wendall K. Harrington (projections) and Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen (music and sound), joining Derek McLane (sets) and Oscar winner Colleen Atwood (costumes).
Produced by Colin Ingram Prods. (“Ghost”), Donovan Mannato and Dominic Ianno, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” begins previews March 4 prior to a March 20 opening at the Cort. The Cort’s current occupant, Paul Rudd starrer “Grace,” is set to play through Jan. 6.