Friday, January 6, 2012

Jessica Chastain to Come to Broadway

Golden Globe-nominated actress Jessica Chastain has had a very good year. She had significant supporting roles in no fewer than five major movies this year and received great reviews for all of them, including Coriolanus, The Tree of Life and her Golden Globe nominated turn in The Help. Now, to add to that great streak, it has been announced that Jessica will be coming to Broadway in a revival of The Heiress.

The Heiress, the durable 1947 play about a plain spinster named Catherine Sloper, a gold-digger suitor, a blunt father and a family home with a good view of Washington Square, is by Ruth Goetz & Augustus Goetz. The new staging, directed by Mois├ęs Kaufman (I Am My Own Wife, 33 Variations, The Laramie Project), will bow on Broadway in fall 2012 at a theatre to be announced. This is the first official announcement of the production following a late 2011 report in The New York Times that a production was in the works. This will mark Chastain's Broadway debut.

And what a show to make a debut in. Olivia de Havilland won an Oscar for playing the same role in the 1949 film and Cherry Jones won the Tony for the 1995 Broadway revival, making Chastain's series of awards nominations (after her Golden Globe nomination and likely upcoming Oscar nomination) grow to include a Tony nomination next year.

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