DALLAS STAR GRAY’S PLAY CANCELLED

Former DALLAS star LINDA GRAY’s upcoming Broadway show TERMS OF ENDEARMENT has been scrapped due to scheduling conflicts. The actress was set to play AURORA GREENWAY, the part made famous on the big screen by SHIRLEY MACLAINE, in the production, which was to debut in Houston, Texas before transferring to New York in May (07).
Citing “unresolved scheduling conflicts” with the show’s star, Linda Gray, the Hartford run from May 24 to June 24 is canceled, as is the run scheduled for early spring at Houston’s Alley Theatre, a co-producer of the show. Houston is the setting for “Terms of Endearment,” which won an Oscar for best picture in 1983.

Gray, who was to play Aurora Greenway (a role that won an Oscar for Shirley MacLaine), is best known as Sue Ellen Ewing in TV’s “Dallas.” Gray’s longtime companion Dan Gordon wrote the stage adaptation of “Terms of Endearment,” based on the Larry McMurtry novel and the screenplay by James L. Brooks. The show is “postponed indefinitely.”

In its place, Hartford Stage will present the one-person show “Nightingale,” written by and starring Lynn Redgrave, who most recently played New Haven’s Shubert Theater in the tour of “The Importance of Being Earnest,” directed by Sir Peter Hall. Tony Award-winning director Joseph Hardy will stage the work in Hartford.

“Nightingale,” inspired by memories of Redgrave’s maternal grandmother Beatrice Kempson, played the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles last fall. The play received its premiere in London in January 2006.

Redgrave has written and starred in two other stage works about her family: “Shakespeare for My Father,” which dealt with her father, actor Sir Michael Redgrave, and “The Mandrake Root,” which was loosely based on her mother, actress Rachel Kempson, and which had its premiere at Long Wharf Theatre’s Stage II in 2001.

She was nominated for an Academy Award for the film “Gods and Monsters” and earned her second nomination after her title role in “Georgy Girl.” Redgrave was seen on Broadway in her Tony-nominated performance in “The Constant Wife.” He other New York credits include “Talking Heads,” “The Exonerated,” “Black Comedy,” “Aren’t We All,” “Moon Over Buffalo” and “Mrs. Warren’s Profession,” for which she also received a Tony nomination.

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