Angela Lansbury Returning to Broadway This Fall in THE CHALK GARDEN Revival
According to a recent interview with ABC Classic FM, stage and screen star Angela Lansbury will return to Broadway in Fall 2013 in a revival of THE CHALK GARDEN. An official announcement has not yet been made. Lansbury revealed on the podcast: "A rather exciting event coming up in the fall is a new production of The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold. It's a lovely play. Wonderful role - Mrs. St. Maugham. We're going to do that on Broadway...so if you're in New York, I hope you'll come and see it!"
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Angela Lansbury has enjoyed a career spanning seventy years in motion pictures, on stage and in television. The winner of five Tony Awards, she made her Broadway debut in 1957 as Bert Lahr's wife in, "Hotel Paradiso." In 1960, she returned to Broadway as Joan Plowright's mother in Shelagh Delaney's "A Taste of Honey." She starred in her first musical, "Anyone Can Whistle," in 1959, and in 1966 she triumphed as "Mame," winning her first Tony. She won Tonys for "Dear World" (1968), "Gypsy" (1974) and "Sweeney Todd" (1979). After a 23-year hiatus, she returned to Broadway in 2007 starring in Terrence McNally's "Deuce." In 2009 she won her fifth Tony as Madame Arcati in Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," which was followed in 2010 by her performance as Madame Armfeldt in Stephen Sondheim's classic "A Little Night Music," and she recently concluded a successful run on Broadway in Gore Vidal's classic, "The Best Man" (2012).
She has appeared in nearly 60 motion pictures beginning with "Gaslight" at the age of seventeen for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. Her other films include such classics as "National Velvet," "The Harvey Girls," Frank Capra's "State of the Union," "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" (her second film and second Academy Award Nomination), Cecil B. DeMille's "Samson and Delilah," "The Court Jester," "The Long Hot Summer," "The Manchurian Candidate" (Academy Award Nomination), "The World of Henry Orient" and "Death on the Nile". In 1991 she was the voice of Mrs. Potts in the Disney animated feature, "Beauty and the Beast," and in 1997 she was the voice of the Grand Duchess Marie in the animated movie, "Anastasia." In 2005, she was in Emma Thompson's "Nanny McPhee" and in 2011 she co-starred with Jim Carrey in "Mr. Poppers Penguins".
From 1984-1996 she made television history starring as Jessica Fletcher on "Murder, She Wrote," the longest-running detective drama series in TV history, winning four of her six Golden Globe Awards. She has also starred in numerous other films for television and appeared as a guest star on series such as "Law & Order."
The Chalk Garden is a play by Enid Bagnold that premiered on Broadway in 1955. The play tells the story of Mrs. St Maugham and her granddaughter Laurel, a disturbed child under the care of Miss Madrigal, a governess. The setting of the play was inspired by Bagnold's own garden at North End House in Rottingdean, near Brighton, Sussex, the former home of Sir Edward Burne-Jones. The work has since been revived numerous times internationally, including a film adaptation in 1964.