Monday, April 22, 2024

New York Theatre Scoops: Cynthia Nixon in Directing Debut, James Earl Jones Can’t Take it With Him


These are EXCLUSIVES (sorry, have to do that because some people just don’t learn): James Earl Jones may be heading back to Broadway this fall. He’s set for a run in a revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s classic comedy, “You Can’t Take it With You.” Jones will play the grandfather. Scott Ellis is set to direct.

The last production of “You Can’t Take it With You” with real legends Colleen Dewhurst and Jason Robards (later the great Eddie Albert took over) as Grandpa was 31 years ago! It seems like yesterday. The same team that produced Jones in “The Best Man” is behind this group, so maybe they can convince Candice Bergen to play the Dewhurst role of the Russian countess who is now a waitress at Child’s on Broadway. One of the greatest, funniest plays of all time, if handled correctly…

Also: Double Oscar winner Dianne Wiest has signed up for a run with The New Group this fall. The production will be a first for director– yes, director– Cynthia Nixon, better known as Miranda from “Sex and the City.” After a life in the theater and a Tony Award win for Best Actress in “Rabbit Hole,” Nixon will make her directing debut with “Rasheeda.” The New Group is hot hot hot.

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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