Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Helen Mirren Will Bring “The Audience” to Broadway for Spring 2015


Dame Helen Mirren– so good in “The One Hundred Foot Journey”– comes to Broadway this spring 2015. Helen is bringing Peter Morgan’s “The Audience” in for a Tony run after its hit stay in the West End. In this play, Mirren once again plays Queen Elizabeth II– the current queen– as she has weekly audiences with all the prime ministers during her long reign as monarch. Helen tells me some of the actors who were with her in the West End will come here, but American actors will also be cast. (This should be interesting.)

Between now and rehearsals in February, Helen will fit in one more movie, “Eye in the Sky,” with Colin Firth, directed by Gavin Hood.

Now: bigger question– Stephen Daldry directs “The Audience.” He also directs “Skylight” with Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, a huge hit in London which everyone expects on Broadway next spring as well. What happens now? Will “Skylight” wait a year? Will Daldry just sleep on West 45th St. and be carried back and forth among theaters?

The plot thickens!

Roger Friedman
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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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