Director Terrence McNally brings the fascinating and unchanged storyline from theatre show ‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune’ to Newcastle this month.
The historical theatre production was first performed off-Broadway on June 2nd,1987 at Stage Two of Manhattan Theatre Club.
Original cast member, Kathy Bates, starred in the play from 1987-1988 and when it ended in March 12th, 1989, she was nominated for ‘Outstanding Performance’ by the Obie Awards.
The show previewed on Broadway on 26th July 2002 before making its spotlight debut on 8th August 2002, directed by Joe Mantello.
After 243 performances and 15 previews, the play closed on 9th March 2003, but its phenomenal run was acknowledged, with ‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune’ receiving a 2003 Tony Award nomination for ‘Best Revival of a Play’ and for Stanley Tucci, the original Broadway debut cast member, for ‘Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a play.’
“The historical theatre production was first performed off-Broadway on June 2nd,1987″
Despite years of different directors and venues, the story of this sought-after play remains the same: two lonely middle-aged people including Johnny, a cook in great physical condition, and Frankie, a depressed and self-declared unattractive waitress, meet on a night out. After an unexpected night of passion, Johnny believes he has found his soulmate, however, Franki is more hesitant, describing it as ‘a one night stand.’ After a conversation stretches long into the night, Johnny requests Claude Debussy’s ‘Clair De Lune’ over the radio and the two slow dance by the window.
The ‘Frankie and Johnny’ 1991 film starred Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer together for the first time since ‘Scarface’ in 1983; the film was directed by Garry Marshall and was released on 11th October 1991.
‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune’ will be performed at Newcastle’s Northern Stage from Monday 21st May until Saturday 2nd June. Tickets, priced between £10.00 and £30.00, are available from northernstage.co.uk.