Many in the theater industry expected another brewing production, a commercial transfer of the Williamstown Theater Festival’s staging of “The Visit,” to take the Music Box this spring, but in the last few days it started to become clear that it would go instead to “Heidi,” which was on track for a spring opening but hadn’t yet snagged a theater.
One of the late playwright Wendy Wasserstein’s best-known works, the 1988 play “Heidi Chronicles” looks poised to attract national attention thanks to the timing of the run, which will coincide with the broadcast of the final half-season of “Mad Men,” in which Moss plays a major role. Along with Biggs (“Orange is the New Black”), the cast also includes Bryce Pinkham, nommed for a Tony last season for his turn in “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” and Off Broadway fave Tracee Chimo.
The storyline of “Heidi” follows the coming of age of the title character (Moss), starting in high school in the 1960s and extending through her career as an art historian in the 1980s. Biggs and Pinkham play two important men in Heidi’s life. Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “A Delicate Balance”) helms the show, with a producing team led by Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel.
“Heidi Chronicles” begins previews Feb. 23 prior to a March 19 opening at the Music Box.