Can Bryan Cranston be lured again to Broadway for ‘Community’?

is profitable raves as wild-eyed anchorman Howard Beale within the stage adaptation of “Community” at London’s Nationwide Theatre.

The “Breaking Unhealthy” star was a serious box-office attract ’s 2014 “All of the Approach,” so it’s no shock that plans are afoot to carry “Community” to New York.

However Cranston might have just a little coaxing: His efficiency is so intense, I hear he’s reluctant to decide to the grind of eight reveals per week.

“Community” is in rep on the Nationwide, so he solely has to get “as mad as hell” twice per week.

Sources say a Broadway manufacturing of this slick theatrical curler coaster will price at the very least $6 million. To make it worthwhile, Cranston must play at the very least seven reveals per week for at the very least 9 months.

He can do it. He performed LBJ within the three-hour “All of the Approach” for practically six months, and I don’t suppose he missed a present. However “Community,” staged by that Belgian dynamo Ivo van Hove, is a mountain.

The producer who can persuade Cranston to climb it’s Jeffrey Richards, who produced “All of the Approach” and cast a robust working relationship with the actor. The Nationwide and a few British producers have the rights to “Community,” however sources say Cranston wouldn’t dream of doing it on Broadway with out Richards’ involvement.

Richards appeared to be ducking my calls this week, which is uncommon as a result of when he was a press agent, he was all the time chatty.

Lee Corridor tailored Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay, paring it down for the stage and turning Beale, performed by Peter Finch within the 1976 film, into the central character. The opposite characters are nonetheless in place, together with Diana, the bold actuality TV producer performed by Faye Dunaway within the film, and Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) onstage. However Beale’s crack-up drives the play.

Cranston in a scene from “Community.”Jan Versweyveld

Corridor is a author whose work I want we’d see extra of on Broadway. He received a Tony for his “Billy Elliot,” and his “The Pitmen Painters” was well-received. However that’s been it for Broadway.

Hove, however, is a New York critics’ darling, scoring with Broadway revivals of “The Crucible” and “A View From the Bridge,” plus a number of off-Broadway productions. He’s at work on a stage model of “All About Eve,” which can open in London later this yr with Cate Blanchett as Margo Channing.

Hove staged “Community” along with his designer (and accomplice) Jan Versweyveld. They’ve turned the stage right into a tv studio full with cameras, sound cubicles, big clocks and, within the middle, the anchorman’s desk.

A savvy Broadway vet who noticed the present final week says “it’s sensational and could possibly be an actual winner right here if Cranston does it.”

The one criticism I hear is that, for all its bells and whistles, “Community” is actually the film on a stage. However that’s one hell of a film, and with Cranston on the helm, it’s certainly one hell of a present.

“Community” is bought out on the Nationwide by March.

So get on the cellphone, Jeffrey, and get Cranston to New York, then name me if you’ve sealed the deal. Operators are standing by!


Feinstein’s/54 Under is staging a studying of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s thriller musical “Curtains” for 2 performances solely on Jan. 25. Authentic solid members Karen Ziemba and Noah Racey will likely be readily available, together with Richard Type, Jim Walton and Jim Brochu. Rupert Holmes, who wrote the script, is internet hosting.

I’ll be enjoying Daryl Grady, the vicious, power-hungry critic, on the 7 p.m. present. Charles Isherwood — the Donna Murphy to my Bette Midler — will play the half on the 9:30 p.m. present.

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