Send in the clowns! American Horror Story co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has revealed that the official title for the show’s fourth season will be American Horror Story: Freak Show. According to E! Online, Broadway vets Jessica Lange, Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Tony nominee Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett, along with Evan Peters, will reunite for the series after appearing in last season’s Coven storyline. Tony winner Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts are also in talks to join.
The new season will take place in Florida in the 1950s with Lange playing a German ex-pat who manages one of the final remaining freak shows in the U.S. The rest of the confirmed cast will take on the roles of members of the twisted act who will do anything to keep the show running.
Murphy has brought on many Broadway guest stars in the FX series, including Tony winners Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole. We recently asked readers which Broadway diva they would like to see in the next season, and Miss Betty Lynn Buckley took the lead. We would be thrilled (and terrified) to see the Tony winner take part: rival freak show leader? Fellow German ex-pat? Bearded lady? We hope you’re listening, Murphy!