“Frozen” is the latest, and no doubt last, entry for the current Broadway season.
Bryony Lavery’s drama about a serial killer of children opens May 4 at Circle in the Square, with previews starting April 28. The cutoff for Tony nominations is May 5, a date already reserved for the Broadway preem of “Prymate” by Mark Medoff.
The Manhattan Class Co. production of “Frozen” toplines Swoosie Kurtz, Laila Robins and Brian F. O’Byrne. Latter recently withdrew from the Kennedy Center’s revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire” to accommodate the Broadway sked of the Lavery drama. Doug Hughes directs.
“Frozen” is a commercial transfer from the East 13th Street Theater, where the production closed Saturday. In addition to MCC, producers are Hal Newman, Frederick Zollo and Jeffrey Sine, and Roy Gabay and Lorie Cowen Levy/Beth Smith.
“Frozen” had its world premiere at U.K.’s Birmingham Repertory Theater in 1998. A production at London’s National Theater in 2002 brought the play to the attention of MCC artistic directors, Bernard Telsey and Robert LuPone.
“Frozen” marks their company’s first Broadway venture. The two directors said the jump to midtown is nice, but the play pretty much dictated the theater.
“Doug Hughes’ vision was a thrust stage so that the audience would be part of the production,” Telsey said. Indeed, in the play’s downtown incarnation, the house manager made a pre-curtain announcement asking theatergoers in the first row not to stick out their legs, to prevent them from tripping the actors.
Telsey and LuPone anticipate a similar warning at Circle in the Square, which also has a thrust stage.