I broke the news about Al Pacino and Judith Light in “God Looked Away” last June. Then I told you in August the production would go up in Los Angeles before coming to Broadway.
Now I can tell you that the play written by Dotson Rader (based on his 1985 book) and directed Robert Allan Ackerman will open at the Pasadena Playhouse on February 8th and close March 19th. And if the reviews are glowing, “God Looked Away” will move immediately to Broadway in search of Tony Awards.
And why not? Pacino is a superstar, Light has two Tonys. Rader has been working on this most of his life; he had a relationship with Williams. Rader will be played on stage by Miles Villanueva, who was most recently a bad corporate guy on “The Young and the Restless.”
Pacino was badly bruised in David Mamet’s “China Doll” last season. But now he’s fresh off his Kennedy Center Honors award, and ready to take Broadway by storm. This could be the perfect way back. And in a season of many older stars circling the Tonys (think Sally Field and Bette Midler, for example) Pacino could be the one who jumps ahead.