'Juno' heads back to Broadway


NEW YORK -- "Juno" had a brief Broadway run nearly 50 years ago -- only 16 performances -- but now this rarely seen musical based on Sean O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock" will be heard again.

Victoria Clark will star in a New York revival, which will be the second offering of the season at City Center's "Encores!" Great American Musicals in Concert," running March 27-30.

"Juno," which in 1959 starred Shirley Booth and Melvyn Douglas, has a score by Marc Blitzstein and a book by Joseph Stein. The "Encores!" director of "Juno" is Garry Hynes, best known for her work with the Druid Theatre Company of Ireland.

The plot concerns the collapse of an Irish family during the 1920s troubles between the Irish Republican Army and the British.

Clark, who has appeared on Broadway in the revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Titanic," won a Tony Award for her performance in "The Light in the Piazza."