Saturday, April 13, 2024

Cate Blanchett Making Her Broadway Debut This Winter in Husband’s Chekhov Adaptation


Stop the presses. Cate Blanchett is finally coming to Broadway.

The two time Oscar winner will make her debut in an adaptation of Chekhov’s “Platonov” aka “Wild Honey” now titled “The Present.” Blanchett’s talented director husband, Andrew Upton, did the adaptation. John Crowley will direct. Stuart Thompson is the producer. The production comes from Upton and Blanchett’s Sydney Theater Company.

Blanchett plays Anna. The rest of the cast: Richard Roxburgh (Mikhail), Anna Bamford (Maria), Andrew Buchanan (Osip), David Downer (Yegor), Eamon Farren (Kirrill), Martin Jacobs (Alexei), Brandon McClelland (Dimitri), Jacqueline McKenzie (Sophia), Marshall Napier (Ivan), Susan Prior (Sasha), Chris Ryan (Sergei) and Toby Schmitz (Nikolai).

Previews begin on Saturday, December 17, 2016. The show opens on Sunday, January 8, 2017 at the Barrymore Theatre — the same night as the next Golden Globes. The limited engagement continues only until┬áSunday, March 19, 2017.

Tickets are going to sell out immediately. Some of us have been lucky enough to see Blanchett either at BAM (“Streetcar Named Desire”) or City Center (“The Maids”). She is just as good as she is on film if not better. So hold on. Big stuff for the New York stage!



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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