Monday, April 15, 2024

Oscar Winner Faye Dunaway Finally Aiming for Broadway with Boston Production of One-Woman Katharine Hepburn Play


Faye Dunaway has tried to return to Broadway ever since her last stint in 1982. She tried and tried to mount a production of “Master Class,” and wanted to make the movie version. But it never worked out. Instead she led a successful national tour, and played Los Angeles. But never New York.

Now Faye, Oscar winner for the movie, “Network,” now on Broadway as a play, will get her chance.

Dunaway will star this summer in a production of Matthew Lombardo’s “Tea at Five,” a one woman show about Katharine Hepburn. If it goes well. Faye will bring it to Broadway in the fall, the time when movie stars try out Broadway shows far from the pressure of the Tony Awards.

Faye has been in four Broadway shows. She debuted as a replacement in the 1961 all -star production of “A Man for All Seasons.”But none of her other shows ran for more than few weeks or months. Instead, Dunaway found her success in movies like “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Three Days of the Condor,” “Chinatown,” and “Little Big Man.”

For “Tea at Five,” Dunaway has one of the great directors, John Tillinger. At age 77, she may have the elusive theater success she’s always wanted. We’re rooting for her!

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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