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Jake Gyllenhaal to Make Broadway Return in ‘Burn This’

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Jake Gyllenhaal will star in a revival of the 1987 play “Burn This,” leading a production that will re-open midtown’s Hudson Theater as a Broadway venue.

Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning director of “Spring Awakening” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” will direct the Lanford Wilson play, which follows the tempestuous relationship between Pale (Gyllenhaal) and Anna, who meet in the aftermath of a personal tragedy in 1980s New York.

In “Burn This,” Gyllenhaal, who earned strong reviews in the 2015 Broadway staging of “Constellations” and will star in concert presentations of “Sunday in the Park with George” this fall, will take on a role originated by John Malkovich (opposite Joan Allen) in 1987 and later played by Edward Norton (opposite Catherine Keener) in a 2002 Off Broadway production. No further casting for the new revival has yet been set.

Produced by Stacey Mindich (also behind the Broadway transfer of “Dear Evan Hansen” this fall) and Jessica R. Jenen, “Burn This” will reopen the Hudson, a newly renovated venue of about 700 seats that, as part of the Millennium Broadway Hotel, hadn’t been classified as a Broadway theater in years. U.K. theater chain Ambassador Theater Group announced its plans to acquire and spruce up the venue late last year.

“Burn This” will begin previews in February with an opening night set for March 6.