“Days of Wine and Roses,” a musical adaptation of a midcentury story a few loving marriage destroyed by alcoholism, will come to Broadway early subsequent 12 months starring the acclaimed stage performers Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James.
The manufacturing had a 10-week run earlier this 12 months at the Atlantic Theater Company, an Off Broadway nonprofit. Writing in The New York Occasions, the critic Laura Collins-Hughes referred to as it a “jazzy, aching musical,” and praised its “superb sound.”
O’Hara is a seven-time Tony Award nominee who received the award in 2015 for her efficiency in a revival of “The King and I.” James is a four-time nominee, most just lately for final season’s revival of “Into the Woods.”
The Broadway manufacturing, directed by Michael Greif (“Expensive Evan Hansen”), is scheduled to start previews Jan. 6 and to open Jan. 28 at Studio 54 for a 16-week run. The lead producers are Kevin McCollum, Mark Cortale, Lorenzo Thione and Joey Monda.
“Days of Wine and Roses” started its life as a teleplay in 1958; it was then tailored into a movie in 1962. The musical includes a rating by Adam Guettel and a e book by Craig Lucas; they beforehand collaborated on the 2005 musical “The Gentle within the Piazza,” and each of them have spoken about their very own struggles with substance abuse.
Guettel stated he’s undecided when he first encountered the movie, however that it instantly resonated. “I used to be actually streaming tears at that time,” he stated. “I had a way of how alcohol and medicines had affected my life, and regardless that I had escaped the clutches of all that, the vivid recognition of it actually spurred me on, to not create some form of cautionary story, however to depict how being addicted impacts your life and the individuals round you.”
The musical, like many, has had a protracted and bumpy street to Broadway. Guettel stated he first mentioned the concept with O’Hara twenty years in the past, when the 2 had been engaged on “The Gentle within the Piazza,” and that he had developed the rating for her.
“It appeared like the appropriate function for her, even then, by way of the tenderness and the power,” he stated.
James joined the venture within the earliest days as nicely; he and O’Hara are mates who carried out collectively in “Candy Scent of Success.”
There have been others who’ve come and gone — at one level, John Logan was the author; at one level, Scott Rudin was the producer; at one level, Lincoln Middle Theater was going to stage the present.
“The truth that it’s coming by means of the steeplechase intact is unimaginable,” Guettel stated.