Saturday, June 15, 2024

Broadway Scoop Update: Al Pacino “God Looked Away” On Track After Secret West Coast Performances


EXCLUSIVE I told you a few weeks ago that Al Pacino would play Tennessee Williams in “God Looked Away,” an autobiographical play by Dotson Rader headed for Broadway.

Well, just as I predicted, “God Looked Away” held its secret performances for backers and well wishers last weekend in Los Angeles. Judith Light co-starred, and Miles Villaneuva, currently on the CBS soap  “The Young and the Restless,” played Rader’s alter ego, named “Bobby,” lover of Williams the last 14 years of his life.

Now producers are looking for a New York theater and trying to decide if they can get going before the end of 2016, or enter into the Tony fray for spring 2017.

Villanueva told a soap opera blog: “Al is incredibly warm, sensitive, sincere, and so generous.  He is incredibly funny both as himself, and in the role that he is playing, and is insightful and creative. [He] was so encouraging, and he would give me positive feedback on certain things.  After we all did our first run-through you could see the excitement on Al’s face, and he said, ‘Can you just imagine what this would be like if we were running this for a few months?’  Our bond was offstage and on, and when you bond offstage, there is more depth on stage.”

Robert Allan Ackerman is directing. Thanks to Villanueva for providing a photo of the cast on his Facebook page.

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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