NEW YORK — She won’t be wearing breastplates, braids or Viking-helmeted horns, but B.J. Ward is nevertheless bringing opera to Broadway. Ward’s one-woman show, “Stand Up Opera,” is readying for a Broadway arrival.
It will likely bow at the Shubert-owned, 924-seat Lyceum Theater Oct. 18, but insiders say the 805-seat John Golden Theater is also a possibility. An announcement is expected as early as Tuesday.
“Stand Up Opera” is scheduled for a 12-week commitment, with a possible extension. It is an attempt to democratize and satirize the elitist domain of opera by weaving humor, ad-lib and stories around 12 or 13 arias, according to Lee Moskof, one of the show’s producers. The show had played the Kennedy Center for a week last November to favorable reviews.
Ward’s face might be recognizable from appearances on “Dallas,” “General Hospital,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” and “Mad About You” — but her voice is most famous as that of Betty Rubble on TV’s “The Flintstones.” She is also a former symphony orchestra singer in Hamburg, Germany.
Gordon Hunt, who has directed episodes of “Mad About You,” “Frasier,” “Coach” and “Caroline in the City,” is attached to helm “Stand Up.” Hunt is also attached to Ward, as he is her husband.
“Stand Up” is being produced by Gene Wolsk and Lee Moskof at WM Prods. and co-produced by Daryl Roth of Daryl Roth Prods.
Execs at the Shubert Organization declined to comment on the negotiations.