The New York Times is reporting “The Heiress” is coming back for a fourth revival. The last revival was in 1995 and the results were multiple Tony Awards. It is rumored film producer Paula Wagner and Broadway producer Roy Furman want to make a go of the revival and are trying to bring it to Broadway for next fall.
“The Heiress” originally made its Broadway debut in 1947 with a screenplay written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz based on the Henry James’ book “Washington Square” written in 1880. It made its way to film in 1949 and again in 1997. The 1997 version kept the Henry James novel name.
Obviously the new production would hope to rival the 1995 revival which won the Tony and Drama Desk Award for Best (Outstanding) Revival of a Play. It also won Tony Awards for Cherry Jones, Frances Sternhagen, and the director. The play has a history of success.
The history of success could help lure the all important investors which the play needs to get off the ground and into a theatre. The history of success would also draw top talent for the director and cast. Already Moises Kaufman’s name has emerged as a possible director.
As a timeless story with a track record of Broadway success “The Heiress” could once again be a big draw in a Broadway theatre,