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The upcoming EXORCIST stage adaptation is yet to open in L.A., but producers are already eyeing Broadway.
The New York Post reports if the John Doyle-directed, Brooke Shields-starring play, ported over from William Peter Blatty's legendary novel, is received as well as hoped, New York City is on the horizon with plans for veteran actor Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, IF...) to take over in the Father Merrin role.
While McDowell was offered and unable to take part in the initial run (Richard Chamberlain is currently set to essay the priest in Los Angeles), he has already agreed to its prospective Broadway stint. Brooke Shields plans to remain as Regan's mother, should the show move.
Playwright John Pielmeier previously described the show as a bit stripped down, eschewing large theatrics for more heady fare: “The story of the battle between faith and evil needed no spinning heads or green vomit. The horror should unfold instead on a simple set with an incredible cast (which we absolutely have), and the central conflict between doubting Father Karras and the demon should be a series of debates, in which the young girl possessed is the least of the figures present.”
You can find out more about the show, opening July 11, at The Geffen Playhouse.
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