Renee Fleming to Make Broadway Debut
The renowned opera singer will star as a jealous diva in Joe DiPietro's new comedy 'Living on Love,' an update of Garson Kanin's 'Peccadillo'
Renee Fleming is no stranger to the Metropolitan Opera or Carnegie Hall stages. But the world-renowned soprano and four-time Grammy winner will venture for the first time to Broadway in the spring, when she'll star as — what else? — a celebrated diva in Joe DiPietro's new comedy, Living on Love.
Directed by Kathleen Marshall, the play had a well-received premiere this past summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in a production that also featured Douglas Sills, Anna Chlumsky and Justin Long. However, only Fleming has so far been announced for the Broadway transfer.
Adapted from Garson Kanin's final play, Peccadillo, written in 1985, the screwball comedy concerns an opera star on a downward career spiral who becomes enraged with jealousy when her temperamental conductor husband grows infatuated with the beautiful young woman hired to ghostwrite his largely fictional autobiography. She retaliates by hiring a handsome writer to work on her own book. And yes, Fleming gets to do some singing in the role.
Scott Landis and Philip Morgaman are lead producers on the show, which will begin performances April 1 at the Longacre Theatre, with opening night set for April 20.
Playwright DiPietro won Tony Awards in 2010 for his book and lyrics for that year's best musical winner, Memphis. Marshall has won three Tonys for choreography — on Wonderful Town, The Pajama Game and Anything Goes — and been nominated multiple times for direction. DiPietro and Marshall previously collaborated on the 2012 Gershwin musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.
The move of Living on Love continues a spate of transfer announcements for Williamstown Theatre Festival productions.
The current revival of The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola, was first seen at the Massachusetts summer event in 2012. It just wrapped another record-breaking week at Broadway's Booth Theatre, earning $973,202. Also from Williamstown, the revival of Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, starring Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda, will open on Broadway next fall at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Last season's new musical, The Bridges of Madison County, which won Tonys for best original score and orchestrations, also came to Broadway via a Williamstown premiere.