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Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's The Front Page May Get Another Broadway Revival

Tony winner Jack O'Brien will direct the production.

Jack O'Brien will likely direct a Broadway revival of The Front Page this fall.
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The Front Page, a 1928 comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, will likely return to the Broadway stage this fall, according to an an Actors' Equity casting notice. The production will be helmed by Tony Award-winning director Jack O'Brien (It's Only a Play). According to the notice, the show will run from September 20-February 5, with an opening night on October 20.

The play is set in the Press Room of the Criminal Courts Building in Chicago. It follows Hildy Johnson, a reporter with The Herald Examiner whose plans to break away from journalism and go on his belated honeymoon are foiled by the appearance of an escaped convict.

The Front Page was first produced on Broadway in 1928 in a production staged by George S. Kaufman. It has since been revived in 1946, 1969, and most recently in a 1986 production directed by Jerry Zaks and featuring John Lithgow. Scott Rudin Productions will produce the 2016 revival.


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