Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Exclusive: Al Pacino, Judith Light Will Try Out Tennessee Williams Play Pre-Broadway Run


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.



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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