NEW YORK — “The Man Who Came to Dinner” is ready for his closeup. The Roundabout Theater Co.’s Broadway production of the Moss Hart & George S. Kaufman classic will be broadcast live from the American Airlines Theater on Oct. 7. Directed by Jerry Zaks, the Nathan Lane/Jean Smart starrer initiates “Stage on Screen,” Thirteen/WNET New York’s series of dramatic productions for PBS.
Judy Kinberg is producing the telecast. Jac Venza, creator of the new series and director of Thirteen’s cultural and arts programming, is exec producer. “Stage on Screen” follows his producing chores on “NET Playhouse,” “Theater in America” and “Great Performances.”
Not all productions in the Stage on Screen series will be broadcast live. Two entries, A.R. Gurney’s “Far East” and Anna Deavere Smith’s “Twilight: Los Angeles,” are already in the can, ready for broadcast next year.
Also in negotiation for “Stage on Screen” is a filmed evening of works by Samuel Beckett, featuring Jeremy Irons, Julianne Moore, John Hurt and the late John Gielgud under the direction of Neil Jordan, Atom Egoyan, David Mamet and Anthony Minghella. Other highlights will include programs from Thirteen’s Treasures from the Archives collection of theatrical productions.