'Clybourne Park' moving to Broadway after Mark Taper Forum run
After its highly anticipated run at the Mark Taper Forum set to start Jan. 25, "Clybourne Park," Bruce Norris' 2011 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, will open on Broadway at the Walter Kerr Theater on April 12, according to a spokesman for the show.
It has been a circuitous path to New York's famed theater district, but at least it has carried many of the original crew along for the ride. Pam MacKinnon will direct at both the Taper and the Walter Kerr; she directed the show's original incarnation at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons in February 2010. The move to Broadway is expected to include that entire cast, including Tony Award-winner Frank Wood (“Side Man”), Annie Parisse (“Becky Shaw”), Crystal A. Dickinson, Brendan Griffin, Damon Gupton, Christina Kirk and Jeremy Shamos.
The show's strong reviews at Playwrights Horizon seemed to merit a Broadway run, but Norris' satire closed in New York. It eventually was embraced by London's Royal Court Theatre and the West End's Wyndhams Theatre.
The play's international path turned out to be the recipe for success; in 2011, "Clybourne Park" snagged both the Pulitzer and Britain’s Olivier Award for best new play. Soon thereafter, the Mark Taper Forum snapped up the original Playwrights Horizon cast for the run this winter.
-- Margaret Wappler
Photo: Christina Kirk, left and Crystal A. Dickinson at a rehearsal of “Clybourne Park” earlier this month at the Mark Taper Forum. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times