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Hollywood superstar Cate Blanchett is set to make her Broadway debut. NY1 theater correspondent Frank DiLella filed the following preview.

Two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett is finally making her Broadway bow. The actress is currently in previews in “The Present,” an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play “Platonov.”

DiLella: What does Broadway mean to you?

“I think it’s got a very particular and eclectic audience,” Blanchett said. “I was really interested to see that Simon McBurney’s ‘Encounter’ is sitting alongside sort of ‘Hamilton’ and ‘Kinky Boots.’ I’m excited to be performing, all of us to be performing for that sort of eclectic mix of people.”

The play is set at a birthday party for Blanchett’s character of Anna.

“And so she brings everyone from her past together to see what’s worth salvaging,” the star said.

“The Present” has been adapted from the original Chekhov source material by Blanchett’s husband Andrew Upton.

“I got very attracted to, it’s really only one of the strands in the narrative, which is this beautiful dynamic between three men and a woman,” Upton said.

“The Present” comes to New York after a run at The Sydney Theatre Company back in 2015. The Broadway production features the entire Australian cast including Richard Roxburgh.

“It’s a play about a woman having a birthday and inviting all of her great friends around to share this experience, and of course it all goes terribly wrong. To do that with a company of players that you’ve worked with for so many years across so many permutations of experience is very special,” said Roxburgh.

And you can catch “The Present” starring Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh now in previews at The Barrymore Theatre. Opening night is set for Sunday, January 8. [Source]

When Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh fall for each other, it rarely ends well. Dynasties crumple. Lives smash. Murder can follow. Or suicide. Sometimes both.

But these Australian actors, who have performed opposite each other for more than 20 years, seemed in rude health at a recent weekday brunch. On a break from rehearsals for “The Present,” an adaptation of an early Anton Chekhov play now in previews at the Barrymore Theater, they nestled in a corner booth at the Russian Samovar and listened to a waiter describe infused vodkas. “You cannot leave this place without trying many,” the waiter demanded.

“We have to do this,” Roxburgh said.

“We have to try this,” Blanchett concurred.

“Out of respect for Chekhov,” Roxburgh said.

Tipsy or sober, they do have a helpless reverence for Chekhov and a shared history with his plays. They played Nina and Trigorin in “The Seagull” in 1997 (dead child, wrecked life). They reunited as Yelena and Vanya for “Uncle Vanya” in 2010 (attempted murder, attempted suicide). Ben Brantley described this three-hour Sydney Theater Company production as “among the happiest of my theatergoing life.”

They’re reuniting for “The Present,” a hectic and sometimes wrenching comedy directed by John Crowley (“Brooklyn,” “The Pillowman”). When it had its première in Sydney, The Daily Telegraph called it “blisteringly brilliant.”

Adapted by Andrew Upton, Blanchett’s husband, it is a bold and boldly comic rendering of Chekhov’s first full-length play, never performed in his lifetime and discovered in a safe-deposit box in 1920, 16 years after his death. In its original form, the manuscript is an untitled, fragmented, 300-page muddle of a melodrama, most often called “Platonov.” Keep reading »

The new drama The Present, starring two-time Oscar-winning actor Cate Blanchett, who makes her Broadway debut in Andrew Upton’s drama, which is based on Anton Chekhov’s Platonov, will play the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Richard Roxburgh will co-star in the production, which begins previews December 17 and opens January 8, 2017, for a limited run scheduled through March 19, 2017.

CATE Blanchett makes no bones about it. Returning to a theatre rehearsal room when you have a young baby is hard.

She and husband Andrew Upton adopted baby Edith from the US earlier this year and have said that they and their three sons are “besotted”.

But as everyone knows, caring for a baby is tiring.

“I feel a bit sleep-deprived,” admits Blanchett.

“But you have to work with whatever state you’re in and turn it in to a positive. Sometimes, it can be good to be a bit tired in a rehearsal room because your defences are down, your guard is down.”

Blanchett is about to co-star with Richard Roxburgh in The Present, adapted by Upton from Anton Chekhov’s sprawling first play Platonov, and playing at the Roslyn Packer Theatre from August 4.

Blanchett and Roxburgh also performed together in Upton’s 2010 adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, wowing audiences and critics alike in Sydney, Washington and New York.

As you’d expect, their reunion has made The Present one of the hottest tickets in the Sydney Theatre Company’s 2015 season. Keep reading »




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