‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Heads to Broadway

Emilia Clarke of HBO’s Game of Thrones will join the growing list of film and TV stars headlining Broadway shows this spring. She will be playing Holly Golightly, the iconic glamour girl, in a stage adaptation of Truman Capote’s classic novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

The play, adapted by Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain), will begin preview performances at the Cort Theatre in advance of a March 21 opening. Playing opposite Clarke will be Cory Michael Smith, seen earlier this season in two Off-Broadway shows, The Whale and Cock. The show will be directed by Sean Mathias whose previous Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, Dance of Death (also adapted by Greenberg), Marlene, and indiscretions. Greenberg also will be represented on Broadway with his new play The Assembled Parties, scheduled to be presented by Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre for an April 17 opening.

Also joining the cast is George Wendt, the 6-time Emmy nominee for his role as Norm in Cheers. Wendt will play Joe Bellproprietor of a nearby bar and one of Holly’s admirers.

Emilia Clarke Breakfast at Tiffany's

‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke will play the lead in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (photo: Jason Bell)

This is not the first attempt to bring Breakfast to the stage. An infamous musical version starring Richard Chamberlain and Mary Tyler Moore and featuring music and lyrics by Bob Merrill (Funny Girl) was closed by its legendary producer David Merrick during previews in 1966.

After numerous problems during out-of-town try-outs, the original book by Abe Burrows (Guys and Dolls) was rewritten by an unlikely candidate, Edward Albee, best known for his dramatic works like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? rather than musical-comedy efforts.

The show continued to be plagued by production troubles and constant rewrites and Merrick shut it down before opening night. The 1961 film version starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard and directed by Blake Edwards was much more successful and won an Oscar for the song “Moon River.”

George Wendt

George Wendt

Other stars from the small and large screen to appear on Broadway in the upcoming months include Scarlett Johannson in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Laurie Metcalfe in The Other Place, Shia LeBeouf and Alec Baldwin in Orphans, Cicely Tyson in The Trip to Bountiful, Holland Taylor in the one-woman show Ann, and Bobby Cannavale, now in Glengarry Glen Ross for a limited run with Al Pacino and later in The Big Knife.