Bolstered by the well-received performances of its stars, Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, Arena Stage’s production of The Velocity of Autumn is moving to Broadway. The comedy-drama by Eric Coble — who, like director Molly Smith, is making a Broadway debut — is scheduled to begin performances at the Booth Theatre on April 1 and have an official opening April 21, lead producer Larry Kaye announced Thursday.
“I keep pinching myself, but I’m thrilled,” said the Washington-based Kaye, who has been positioning Velocity of Autumn for a Broadway run since seeing it in a production in Cleveland in 2012. He added that being able to produce the play in the highly prized, 766-seat Booth — on Shubert Alley in the heart of Times Square — was especially gratifying. “It was my top choice. It was all of our top choices,” he added. Read more
Molly Smith. Photo by Tony Powell.
Bedrock decency and easy likability were the hallmarks of John Prentice, Sidney Poitier's character in the famous film about a white girl (Katharine Houghton) bringing her black fiancé home to her San Francisco liberal parents (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn). Warner absorbed some of the classic Poitier traits at Bill Cosby's knee as he played Cosby's son, Theo, from 1984 to 1992 on one of the most popular and respected sitcoms in television history
He sticks by that image, even if, sitting in a glass-walled atrium at Arena one recent afternoon, he looks like one cool L.A. dude. Black slacks and a sleek black long-sleeve tee are accessorized with a spiffy black ball cap and a heavy silver necklace. The mustache is a dapper touch.… Read more
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