The Roundabout is prepping a potential revival of Craig Lucas’ “Prelude to a Kiss,” with a Daniel Sullivan-helmed production shaping up to be the second show of the season at the American Airlines Theater, one of the Roundabout’s Broadway stages.
The production hasn’t been confirmed yet, but word has it that John Mahoney (“Frasier”) is lined up to star as the old man in the supernatural-tinged romance, with other casting, including the lead female role (played by Meg Ryan in the 1992 pic), still being hammered out.
A recently posted casting notice for the show says the play, which first appeared on Broadway in 1990, would begin previews on Feb. 9 and open March 1.
“Prelude” is the third notable candidate for the spring slot at the American Airlines. An announced revival of “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” was scuttled, and a revival of Harold Pinter’s “Old Times” never came together.
Mahoney has appeared onstage in several plays at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater, and his Broadway credits include “The House of Blue Leaves” (1986). Sullivan’s Rialto resume includes “Proof” (2000), “Major Barbara” (at the American Airlines in 2001) and last year’s “Julius Caesar” starring Denzel Washington.
The current tenant of the American Airlines, “Heartbreak House,” runs through Dec. 17. On the Roundabout’s other Rialto stage, Studio 54, a revival of tuner “The Apple Tree” (starring Kristin Chenoweth) is in previews for a Dec. 14 opening.