Just now hearing about a first-ever live reading of Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters," to be held at the Times Center in New York on Friday, directed by Olivia Wilde and produced by Jason Reitman and Film Independent. The cast includes Bobby Cannavale, Rose Byrne, Uma Thurman, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph, and Salman Rushdie. EW reports that Thurman and Byrne will play Hannah’s sisters, Holly and Lee, originally brought to life onscreen, respectively, by Dianne Wiest (who won an Oscar for her role), and Barbara Hershey. Sheen will star as Hannah’s husband, a part first played by Caine (who also won an Oscar), with Rudolph filling the shoes of Carrie Fisher and Rushdie taking on Max von Sydow’s character, whose in a relationship with Byrne’s Lee. Cannavale will play Hannah’s ex-husband, a role Allen starred in for the Oscar-winning film. Casting for the role of Hannah herself, portrayed in the movie version by Mia Farrow, has not been announced. Wilde teased on Twitter that more actors would be announced on Thursday. My vote for Hannah? Mia Farrow!
Fitting that I would hear about this today after attending my first-ever stage reading of a play. Michael Menzies' adaptation of his 2012 memoir, "Deeply Superficial" -- about his fantastical childhood dreaming of Marlene Dietrich and Noel Coward being his parents -- was a charmer and delight, featuring understated performances by David Garrison, Ellen Foley and Sean Hudock who each effortlessly brought the characters to life. Here's hoping the project finds investors so you too can appreciate this gem of a tale!