‘Misery’ sets stage cast

Day, Gerroll to star in Bucks County bow

Johanna Day and Daniel Gerroll are set to star in the world preem of the stage adaptation of “Misery,” with James DeMarse rounding out a cast of three.

New legit outing from Warner Bros. Theatrical Ventures, Castle Rock Entertainment and Playhouse Prods. is on the calendar to play a brief developmental engagement this fall at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Playhouse. No future life for “Misery” has been announced, but given the high profile of the title and the strong fan base of scribe Stephen King (who penned the 1987 novel), the show seems plainly geared for further incarnations.

Producers have tapped a pair of legit veterans for the show’s first outing. Day (“Proof,” “August: Osage County”), taking on the role that won Kathy Bates an Oscar for her perf in the 1990 film version, plays crazed fan Annie in the show, while Gerroll (“Chariots of Fire”), last on Broadway in the 2003 revival of “Enchanted April,” plays the writer Annie rescues from the scene of a car crash. DeMarse (“Dividing the Estate,” “The Orphans’ Home Cycle”) is on board as the town sheriff.

William Goldman, who wrote the screenplay for the pic, also pens the stage version. Production is set for an 11-perf run at Bucks County Nov. 24-Dec. 8.

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