A revival of The Heiress, written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz and based on Henry James’ novel Washington Square, may be headed to Broadway in fall 2012, directed by Moises Kaufman, according to The New York Times. Film producer Paula Wagner, best known for her work on the Mission: Impossible series, is reportedly teaming with veteran Broadway producer Roy Furman to revive the play.
The Heiress tells the story of a plain young woman named Catherine Sloper, who turns the tables on the men in her life after she falls for a handsome young man whom her emotionally abusive father suspects is only after her money.
Citing Broadway executives who spoke on condition of anonymity, as producers hadn’t authorized an announcement about the potential revival, the Times revealed that Wagner and Furman are currently in the process of discussing casting.
The Heiress debuted on Broadway in 1947 and has subsequently been revived on the Rialto three times, as well as made into a 1949 film starring Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift. The most recent Broadway revival, in 1995, starred Cherry Jones in a Tony-winning performance as Catherine and Philip Bosco as her father. The play also took home a Tony Award for best revival.