VIDEO: MISERY's Director Will Frears and Playwright William Goldman Discuss Bringing Stephen King's Brilliance To The Stage
Broadway's new suspense thriller Misery, starring two-time Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe Award winner Bruce Willis and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf and written by two-time Academy Award winner William Goldman, began performances October 22, 2015, at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre (235 W 44th Street), and officially opens on Sunday, November 15, 2015, in a strictly limited 16-week engagement.
In a new video, director Will Frears and playwright Goldman talk about their enormous admiration for Stephen King, whose novel is the source for the new play, and of the special details of their production created to bring his brilliance to the stage.
Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Bruce Willis) is rescued from a car crash by his "Number One Fan," Annie Wilkes (Laurie Metcalf), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new "Misery" novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and if he does not make her deadline, it will.
MISERY has scenic design by David Korins (Hamilton), costume design by Academy Award and Tony Award winnerAnn Roth (The Book of Mormon), lighting design by David Weiner (The Normal Heart), sound design by Tony Award winner Darron L. West (Peter and the Starcatcher), and casting by Telsey + Company/William Cantler, CSA.
William Goldman's film adaptation of Misery, based on Stephen King's celebrated novel, was directed by Rob Reinerand released in 1990, starring James Caan and Kathy Bates, who won an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for her performance as Annie Wilkes.
MISERY made its world premiere at Bucks County Playhouse in the fall of 2012.