Producers Ben Sprecher and Sonia Friedman may bring their production of THE EXCORCIST, adapted from the 1971 novel by William Peter Blatty by John Pielmeier, to the John Golden Theatre on Broadway this fall, according to the New York Post.
The play, directed by John Doyle and starring Brooke Shields and Richard Chamberlain, will begin performances next month at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and may transfer if reviews are sufficiently favourable.
"Should the show move to Broadway, Shields will be coming with it. Chamberlain, however, will not. The producers have offered the role to Malcolm McDowell," writer Michael Riedel.
Teller from Penn and Teller will provide special effects while internationally acclaimed spiritual composer Sir John Tavener will write original music. The creative team also includes Tony Award winning scenic/costume designer Scott Pask, lighting designer Jane Cox and sound designer Dan Moses Schreir. Working with Doyle, the design team will be tasked with creating a theatrical experience that engages the senses in a way that is unique to live performance.
The world premiere cast also includes Broadway actor David Wilson Barnes, Tony Award nominee Harry Groener, Emily Yetter, Stephen Bogardus, Manoel Felciano, Tom Nelis and Roslyn Ruff.
The Exorcist opens in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse on July 11, 2012 and runs through August, 12, 2012.
Ticket prices currently range from $37 to $57 for preview performances and from $67 to $87 for the regular run. Tickets are available in-person at the Geffen Playhouse box office, via phone at 310-208-5454 or online at www.geffenplayhouse.com.
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