Saturday, May 25, 2024

Broadway Exclusive: Al Pacino as Tennessee Williams in “When God Looked Away”


EXCLUSIVE kids. And I mean it. Al Pacino will star as Tennessee Williams in a new play called “When God Looked Away.” Coming to Broadway– maybe this winter, definitely next spring in time for Tony Awards consideration.

I am thrilled to tell you that Judith Light is Pacino’s co-star. She plays a longtime female friend summoned by Williams for help toward the end of his career. Light, a Tony winner, couldn’t be more terrific.

A workshop presentation will convene for rehearsal next week in Los Angeles. When it’s all sorted out, a decision will be made on the particulars.

The play is written by Dotson Rader, adapted from his 1985 biography of Williams. Robert Allan Ackerman, of Broadway and TV fame, is the director. The great Donna Granata is doing costumes. Eric Falkenstein (this year’s “Color Purple” and “Gin Game”) is lead producer.

Pacino had a bad time on Broadway this past year in David Mamet’s “China Doll.” But he is one of our finest actors, and a new recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. This production sounds like a total winner. I can’t wait to see it.

PS If you want a little shot of Pacino in good form, try Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” on video. A great movie, had a terrible distributor. Worth it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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