Madame Sousatzka, the musical adaption of the 1988 film starring Shirley MacLaine, has been confirmed to make its Broadway debut in October 2017, although specific opening dates and a theater have yet to be announced. Tony winner Victoria Clark will play the titular character. Rounding out the cast so far are Tony winner Judy Kaye, Tony nominee Montego Glover, and newcomer Jordan Barrow. The book is by Craig Lucas, and the score is by Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire. Adrian Noble will direct, and Graciela Daniele will choreograph.
This also marks the return of controversial producer Garth Drabinsky to Broadway, who previously served jail time for defrauding his own production company, Livent.
Prior to opening on Broadway, the show will play the Elgin Theatre in Toronto from February 25-April 9, 2017. http://www.playbill.com/article/victoria-clark-will-star-in-madame-sousatzka-musical-on-broadway
Full casting for the Toronto production of Sousatzka (that’s what it’s being called now) has been announced. http://www.playbill.com/article/broadway-aimed-madame-sousatzka-musical-announces-full-cast-for-toronto-production
Previews for Sousatzka begin tonight. Official opening night is March 23, and performances will run until April 9. http://www.playbill.com/article/victoria-clark-is-sousatzka-in-new-broadway-aimed-musical-beginning-feb-25-in-toronto
It will be interesting to see what comes of this. The show has some wonderful people working on it, including the great Victoria Clark, but it also has a ton of baggage and reports from the first preview indicated there’s massive work to be done.