One theater’s gain is another one’s loss.
Steven Pasquale (“The Bridges of Madison County”) was recently cast as the lead in Ayad Akhtar’s new play, “Junk,” which will have its premiere at Lincoln Center Theater in November. But he was also scheduled to star in City Center’s gala production of the musical “Brigadoon” that same month.
So, Mr. Pasquale needed to back out of “Brigadoon,” and he has been replaced by Patrick Wilson, the film and TV star with roots on Broadway, including Tony Award nominations for “Oklahoma!” and “The Full Monty.”
“Junk” — by Mr. Akhtar, a Pulitzer Prize winner for “Disgraced” — begins preview performances on Oct. 5 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, with opening night planned for Nov. 2. Mr. Pasquale will play Robert Merkin, an investment banker whose decades-long story is about “how, while most of us weren’t watching, money became the only thing of real value,” according to Lincoln Center Theater.
Mr. Pasquale had been set to reunite with his “Bridges of Madison County” castmate Kelli O’Hara, a Tony winner for “The King and I,” in “Brigadoon.” City Center’s staging of the Lerner and Loewe musical, directed by the choreographer Christopher Wheeldon (“An American in Paris”), is scheduled to open on Nov. 15, with a brief run through Nov. 19.
(Last year’s gala production, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s “Sunday in the Park With George,” starred Jake Gyllenhaal and transferred to Broadway for a limited run at the Hudson Theater.)
Mr. Wilson, whose recent screen credits include “Fargo,” “The Founder” and “Girls,” was last on Broadway in a revival of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons,” in 2008. He has also performed at City Center, in an Encores! production of the Bock and Harnick musical “Tenderloin,” in 2000.
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