Bryan Cranston, who is arguably the hottest television actor there is, and who has given new meaning to the word bad, seems to be Broadway bound in a revival of the musical Damn Yankees.
Kathleen Marshall is to direct/choreograph and Jeffrey Richards, who was instrumental in the 2008 Encores! production will produce and has confirmed that he has indeed acquired the rights, but declined to confirm the involvement of the Breaking Bad star. Richards said his partners on the revival are Scott Landis, Jerry Frankel and Jay and Cindy Gutterman.
In a recent interview with Robert Wuhl, for his podcast, Bryan disclosed discussions were underway for his involvement in “something that is not in my wheelhouse”. He went on to elude to the possibility of a role in a Broadway musical adding, “I think it’s going to come together – a reimagining of an old chestnut.”
This type of Hollywood ‘star-driven’ production would follow the recent casting of Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday In The Park With George, Bette Midler in Hello Dolly and Glenn Close, who is about to re-visit Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.
The score of Damn Yankees was written by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, following The Pajama Game. The writing team only wrote the two shows before Ross died five months into the original Damn Yankees run. He died from a bronchial condition at the age of 29 years. Adler lived to 90.