Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Jake Gyllenhaal’s Broadway Run in “Burn This” Postponed Until Next Season– Maybe


Back on July 19th there was a big announcement: Jake Gyllenhaal was coming to Broadway in a revival of Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This.” The play was set for a run beginning next February. The other excitement was that the production would reopen the Hudson Theater on West 44th St. now owned by the Ambassador Theater Group. Michael Mayer was set to direct.

Well, it’s not happening. Announced this evening, the production has been postponed until the 2017-18 season– meaning a year from now. This is “due to scheduling conflicts with the show’s star” says the press release without mentioning Gyllenhaal’s name. Whoops! Maybe he’s not going to be in it at all. Too bad.

What’s Jake doing that he can’t be in the play all of a sudden? Who knows? He’s really great in Tom Ford’s film “Nocturnal Animals,” coming next month. And he’s got a bunch of movies in the can and some that haven’t started. Doesn’t quite make sense. But these things rarely do.

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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