Kevin Spacey Angling to Portray Edward R. Murrow on Broadway

Actor in very early stages of adapting 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck.

ShutterstockKevinSpaceyUkraineThe lead item in today’s column by New York Post theater critic Michael Riedel is tantalizing. According to the reporter’s sources, Kevin Spacey is in the very early stages of mounting a possible Broadway adaptation of the 2005 film Good Night, and Good Luck.

Riedel writes that the film’s marquee producer-director-star, George Clooney, won’t be heavily involved, but Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov may have more of a hand in the stage adaptation. From his column:

I think it’s an excellent idea. I watched the movie the other day, and it’s quite “stagey” — not in a bad way, but because it has crisp dialogue, high stakes and crackling confrontation scenes.

The setting is irresistible, too: New York City in the 1950s, with TV soundstages, plush executive offices and journalistic watering holes such as Toots Shor and the 21 Club.

And everybody smokes. Even on camera!

This would be Spacey’s first Broadway appearance since 2007’s A Moon for the Misbegotten. Riedel has some interesting suggestions for a possible director.

David Strathairn earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Murrow in the movie. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Award, a SAG award and more.
 
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