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The birth of Orpheus

Waxman, Williams pact with two others for banner

NEW YORK — Broadway heavyweight producers Anita Waxman and Elizabeth Williams, West End helmer David Leveaux and Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes will soon unfurl a Gotham theatrical production banner, Orpheus Prods.

Waxman and Williams, the commercial co-producers of the Roundabout production of “Cabaret” and the co-producer of the Tony nommed “Electra,” will bankroll Leveaux to seek out new projects, with Haimes serving as its creative consultant.

Laveaux most recently helmed “Nine” and “Electra” at the Donmar and is best known for heleming “A Moon For the Misbegotten” and “Anna Christie” on Broadway.

“After ‘Electra,’ I just said to David, ‘If I gave you a salary and development money, would you take ideas out of that wonderful head of yours?’ And he said ‘Yes.’,” said Waxman.

She declined to speak about the specifics of the production deal, or which projects might come first.

Haimes, who also serves as artistic director of the now-bankrupt Livent theater concern, will retain his positions at both the Roundabout and at Livent.

While Waxman won’t talk about projects just yet, Roundabout insiders confirm that Haimes and his artistic team are trying to mount a revival of composer Maury Yeston’s Fellini-esque tuner, “Nine” for Broadway next year — one that was just revived to great acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse in London, with Laveaux at the helm.

Said one Roundabout insider,

“You have to understand that Todd and the Roundabout’s first really big hit was “Anna Christie,” which Laveaux directed, so it’s a very happy relationship they’ve got going there.”

Calls to Haimes were not returned, and Yeston declined to comment on any plans for a U.S. production of “Nine.”