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Following a hit off-Broadway run last summer, Manhattan Theatre Club will transfer its production of Heisenberg to Broadway in the fall.
Written by Simon Stephens, who won a 2015 Tony Award for his stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the two-character romance stars Mary-Louise Parker as a woman who impulsively plants a kiss on the neck of an older stranger, played by Denis Arndt, in the middle of a crowded London train station. That electric encounter changes both their lives.
Reviewing the play in The Hollywood Reporter, Frank Scheck called the comedy-drama “a delicate chamber piece,” adding that it “gains immeasurably from the charming performances of its two leads.”
Heisenberg was commissioned by MTC and received its world premiere in the company’s Stage II studio space at NY City Center, in a production directed by Mark Brokaw.
The Broadway transfer, again directed by Brokaw and featuring the same cast, will begin previews Sept. 20 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, officially opening on Oct. 13.
The production will mark the Broadway debut, at age 77, for veteran stage, film and TV actor Arndt. Parker has a long history with MTC. She won a best actress Tony in the company’s 2001 premiere of Proof, and also appeared at the Friedman in Reckless (2004) and The Snow Geese (2013).
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