Actor and playwright Chazz Palminteri's HUMAN is headed for Broadway - and has reportedly already set a handful of stars and a fall opening night.
"I wrote another play for Broadway called Human that will be coming to Broadway in probably about a year," said Palminteri. "I play five characters. I wrote it for myself as a play, because I wanted to do Broadway again. And so then I wrote the script for the film version, and we’ll be working on that too."
Today, the New York Post's Michael Riedel reports that the play is indeed headed for Broadway, and that there are already some names attached to a reading for the show: Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos, Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino and actress/singer Sophie Monk have all reportedly signed on to join Palminteri in an upcoming reading of HUMAN. Jerry Zaks is set to direct the project, which centers around an encounter between a banker (Palminteri) and a jogger (Shamos) in Central Park.
A well-known actor, writer and director, Palminteri has more than 50 movies to his credit including “The Usual Suspects,” “Analyze This,” “Hurly Burly,” “Mulholland Falls,” “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints” and Woody Allen’s “Bullets over Broadway,” which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination in 1995. On television, Palminteri has starred in a number of high-profile roles including USA Network’s series “Kojak,” TNT’s “Boss of Bosses” and as famed Sicilian prosecutor Giovanni Falcone in the HBO film “Excellent Cadavers.”
His play A Bronx Tale, which he wrote and performed for Off-Broadway in 1989, was revived for a limited Broadway run in 2007. He has also starred in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui on Off-Broadway in 2002.