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Kelli O'Hara Set for Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons; Judith Ivey Joins The Great God Plan

Kelli O'Hara Set for Far From Heaven at Playwrights Horizons; Judith Ivey Joins The Great God Plan
Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara will follow 'Far From Heaven' to Playwrights Horizon.

Playwrights Horizons has announced additional casting for it’s 2012-2013 season. Four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara (Nice Work If You Can Get It, South Pacific) will star in the musical adaptation of Far From Heaven, while two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey (Steaming, Hurlyburly) will lead the world premiere of the new play The Great God Plan. No further casting or creative teams have been announced for the productions. 

Directed by Michael Greif, Far From Heaven features a book by Richard Greenberg, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michel Korie and begins performances in May 2013 at Playwrights Horizons’ Mainstage Theater. The musical follows Cathy Whitaker (O'Hara), who seems to be the picture-perfect wife and mother in 1957 suburban Connecticut. Roiling beneath the surface, secret longings and forbidden desires cause her world to unravel, with incendiary consequences. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress for Julianne Moore and Best Original Screenplay for director Todd Haynes. O'Hara will first star in the musical's premiere this summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival. 

Amy Herzog’s The Great God Plan begins performances in November 2012. In the play, directed by Carolyn Cantor, Jamie's life in Brooklyn seems just fine: a beautiful girlfriend, a budding journalism career and parents who live just far enough away. But when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are thrown into a tailspin. Unsettling and deeply compassionate, The Great God Plan tells the intimate tale of what is lost and won when a hidden truth is unloosed into the world.

As previously-announced, Oscar and two-time Tony Award nominee Amy Ryan and Emmy Award nominee David Schwimmer will also be part of Playwrights Horizons' season in Lisa D'Amour's Detroit beginning August 24. The season also includes Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale, Annie Baker's The Flick and Tanya Barfield's The Call.

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