Moffat inherits ‘Heiress’ role

Veteran stage thesp Donald Moffat will replace Philip Bosco in Lincoln Center Theater’s surprise Broadway hit, “The Heiress.” Negotiations are nearly complete, production sources said, with Moffat slated to go into the show after Bosco departs on April 23.

The nonprofit group opened its revival of the 1947 Ruth and Augustus Goetz drama directly at the Cort Theater on Broadway on March 9. It won strong notices across the board, and raves for Cherry Jones in the title role, a shy Washington Square woman cared for but unloved by her father (Bosco) and deceived by a fortune-hunting suitor.

The show was slated to run through April 9, but the money reviews and word of mouth have made “The Heiress” the latest success in a click season for Lincoln Center Theater. It’s been playing to about 90% of capacity in the 1,095-seat house.

Bosco is preparing to begin rehearsals with Carol Burnett in Ken Ludwig’s “Moon Over Buffalo,” a fall Broadway hopeful. The British-born Moffat, with a career that spans the U.K. and U.S., is best known for his performance as the cynical anarchist Larry Slade in a 1985 revival of Eugene O’Neill’s “The Iceman Cometh” with Jason Robards and Barnard Hughes.

Lincoln Center Theater had planned to follow “The Heiress” at the Cort in May with “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” an adaptation of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez story staged by Graciela Daniele. A company spokesman said “Chronicle” will open in another Broadway house.

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