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James Franco’s Broadway Plans Fly The Coop; Andrew Garfield Faces Death

Hollywood is a fickle mistress for Broadway. One of the hottest tickets this fall was supposed to be the James Franco’s Broadway debut, alongside Nicole Kidman, in Tennessee Williams’s Sweet Bird of Youth, directed by the openly gay David Cromer (Our Town, House of Blue Leaves).

Alas, the show must not go on.

Franco’s publicist confirmed on Monday that he is no longer involved in the production, and according to Cromer and The New York Times the show will not be a part of Broadway’s fall season. Kidman is still attached should the production ever get to the Great White Way. In

Youth, a Williams classic from 1959, tells the story of the gigolo Chance Wayne (the role Franco was attached to play) and his relationship with aging movie star Alexandra Del Lago (Kidman). The play was previously performed on Broadway with Paul Newman and Geraldine Page in the lead roles, which they re-created for the 1962 film adaptation. (Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Harmon brought the pre-cougar-era drama to the small screen in a less-than-stellar 1980s TV adaptation.)

While we mourn the loss of Franco—who’s probably too busy filming that Oz sequel and  defending his dissertation at Yale—there is some good news to report on the Hollywood-hunk-goes-to-Broadway-front: Web-slinging Andrew Garfield is definitely going to be playing Biff Loman in Mike Nichols’s production of Death of a Salesman  next spring. The son of put-upon everyman Willy Loman, Biff might not be as sexy a role as Chance but Garfield is definitely just as hot as Franco—if not hotter.

By:           Charlie Leveridge
On:           Sep 4, 2011
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  • 10 Comments
    • Mymomsaysimawesome
      Mymomsaysimawesome

      I know I’m supposed to support my gays, but James Franco in a Tennessee Williams play?? Really? And in a part that Paul Newman once played? Franco is not a great actor. unless someone writes him the part of spoiled drug addled rich kid closet case, THAT I think he could play ;-)

      Sep 4, 2011 at 10:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ian
      Ian

      I want to see “Franco on Franco”… A play about hot brother-on-brother action… James on Dave… Dave on James…

      Sep 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jack E. Jett
      Jack E. Jett

      It is my understanding that he wanted to spend more one on one time with me. Or that is the way I choose to interpet this story.

      Sep 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Lefty
      Lefty

      Those boots aren’t really doing much for that suit. :(

      Sep 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alan Balehead
      alan Balehead

      He has zero discipline..no wonder he flaked…

      Sep 5, 2011 at 7:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      Sep 6, 2011 at 3:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Richard H
      Richard H

      A note to the writer of this story. Poor Grammar – - – No need for the ‘s after James Francos name in the opening sentence. tsk, tsk.

      Sep 6, 2011 at 5:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      @Richard H: And yes, “James Franco’s Broadway debut” would require an apostrophe and “s”. His surname is “Franco”.
      I would be far more concerned with the superfluous “the” in the sentence! (“the James Franco”?)

      Unless you meant after Tennessee Williams’ name? In which case, it is actually acceptable to use either apostrophe Ess or only the apostrophe.

      Sep 6, 2011 at 6:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marcus
      Marcus

      @Mymomsaysimawesome: Why did I laugh out loud at this?

      Sep 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave
      Dave

      Yeah Franco sucks and his acting is overrated, when’s he finally going to come out as bisexual or gay? He should lay off the coke, opiate pills, and other drugs too.

      Sep 12, 2011 at 11:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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