Talk about star power. As previously speculated, A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters will be revived on Broadway. Directed by Gregory Mosher, the production will officially open on September 18 at the Nederlander Theatre, starring Tony winner Brian Dennehy and Mia Farrow. The pair will be followed by casts of stars in strictly limited engagements that include Emmy winner Alan Alda, Emmy winner Candice Bergen, Emmy winner Carol Burnett, Oscar winner Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Tony and Emmy winner Diana Rigg and Emmy winner Martin Sheen.
Love Letters is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away?
Dennehy and Farrow will appear in the production September 13 through October 10. Burnett will then step in for Farrow and play opposite Dennehy October 11 through November 7. Alda and Bergen will take over November 8 through December 5. Keach and Rigg will play December 6 through January 9, 2015. Huston and Sheen will then play January 10, 2015 through February 1.
Alda received Tony nods for Glengarry Glen Ross, Jake’s Women and The Apple Tree and an Oscar nomination for The Aviator. He has won six Emmys for his television work, five of which were for M*A*S*H. Bergen’s Broadway credits include Hurlyburly and The Best Man. She received an Oscar nomination for Starting Over and won five Emmys for her work on Murphy Brown. Burnett received Tony nods for Once Upon a Mattress and Moon Over Buffalo. She is perhaps best known for her work on the Emmy-winning The Carol Burnett Show. Dennehy won Tonys for his work on Long Day's Journey Into Night and Death of a Salesman. He picked up Emmy nominations for his performances in The Burden of Proof, Murder in the Heartland, To Catch a Killer and Killing in a Small Town. Farrow’s Broadway credits include Romantic Comedy and has appeared in more than 40 films including Rosemary's Baby. Huston won the Oscar for her performance in Prizzi’s Honor and her other film credits include The Witches, The Grifters and The Royal Tenebaums. Keach received a Tony nod for Indians. Other Broadway credits include Other Desert Cities and The Kentucky Cycle. Rigg won the Tony for Medea and an Emmy for Rebecca. Additional screen credits include Game of Thrones, The Avengers and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Sheen received a Tony nod for The Subject was Roses. Other Broadway credits include Death of a Salesman. His screen credits include Apocalypse Now, Badlands and The West Wing and an Emmy winning turn in Murphy Brown.
Scenic design will be by John Lee Beatty, with costume design by Jane Greenwood and lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski.
Love Letters originally opened off-Broadway in March 1989, starring Kathleen Turner and John Rubinstein. The play changed its cast every week and other notable names that appeared in that incarnation included Victor Garber, Julie Harris, Christopher Reeve and Christopher Walken. The show transferred to Broadway in October of that year, with Lynn Redgrave, John Clark, Stockard Channing and more appearing in the production.