A revival of the vintage comedy “Harvey” won’t be opening at the Cort Theater this fall as originally announced. In an unusual switch, the producers of the play “Bobbi Boland” have secured that venerable Broadway venue.
“Bobbi” producers are in talks with Farrah Fawcett to make her Broadway debut in the play.
A spokesman for the show’s producers, Deep End Prods., confirmed the Cort venue as well as the Fawcett negotiations. Unconfirmed is Shubert Alley speculation that the actress’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan O’Neal, would be her co-star in “Bobbi Boland.”
The play’s title character is a former beauty queen who, revealing control-freak impulses, drives her husband and friends into submission. “Bobbi Boland” had a bumpy start at Off Broadway’s tiny ArcLight Theater in spring 2001 when lead actress Rose McGuire found herself replaced in previews by the play’s author, Nancy Hasty.
The derailed “Harvey” continues its run at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, Calif., through Aug. 31. It stars Charles Durning, Joyce Van Patten and Dick Van Patten under the direction of Charles Nelson Reilly.
The Oscar-winning “Chicago” sprang from the current Broadway revival, which transferred from the concert version at City Center’s Encores! series.
Could it happen again?
Possible candidates for Encores!’s upcoming season include “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Can-Can” and a rarity: George Gershwin’s “Pardon My English,” first produced in 1933. Then again, the new season could be “Paint Your Wagon,” “70, Girls, 70” and “Flora, the Red Menace,” the Kander & Ebb tuner that won Liza Minnelli her first Tony, in 1965.