Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Word: Annette Bening Coming Back to New York Theatre This Summer


Is Annette Bening returning to New York theater at last? I am told– still unconfirmed–that Bening has agreed to play Goneril in the New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of “King Lear.” Her Lear would be John Lithgow. Daniel Sullivan is the director.

Bening rose to fame in “Coastal Disturbances” opposite Tim Daly way back in 1987– many eons ago! She hasn’t been back since then but you know, she’s a pretty big movie star.

Bening, I think, got cheated out of an Oscar for “American Beauty” and again for “Being Julia.”

Lithgow and Bening means the Delacorte Theatre will be the hot spot of the summer. All hail the Public Theater’s creative director Oskar Eustus!

Now: who will play the pther daughters? Lily Rabe is already in “Much Ado About Nothing.” She gave up the next “Hunger Games” for it. Would she have the energy? How about Lily and the Gummer sisters, Mamie and Grace?

Stay tuned…

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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