James Franco certainly likes to keep busy. He confirmed to MTV that he will be making his Broadway debut in the fall co-starring with Nicole Kidman in the second rialto revival of Tennesse Williams‘ 1959 drama “Sweet Bird of Youth.” He is to play Chance Wayne, the young lover of a older movie star who accompanies her on a trip home. David Cromer is to direct and Scott Rudin is producing.
The original Broadway production starred Paul Newman and Geraldine Page who reprised their roles in the 1962 film version. Page contended for both the Tony and the Oscar for her performance as the dubiously-named Princess Kosmonopolis but lost both awards to Anne Bancroft for “The Miracle Worker.” The play was first revived on Broadway in 1976 with Christopher Walken and Irene Worth who won the second of her three Tonys.
Kidman made her Broadway bow back in 1998 in a production of “The Blue Room” that became the hottest ticket in town. She and Iain Glen each played five characters in David Hare‘s updating of Arthur Schnitzler’s “La Ronde.” While she was snubbed by the Tonys, Kidman earned the respect of the theater community with her appearances at various events at the time and in the years since.