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Leon's revival of Children of a Lesser God on Broadway?

Children of a Lesser GodKenny Leon
Kenny Leon

According to the New York Post, the Berkshire Theatre Group's upcoming revival of Mark Medoff’s Tony Award-winning play Children of a Lesser God, directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon, may well be transferring to the Great White Way in the not-too-distant future.

The BTG production is scheduled to run from June 22 through to July 22 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The cast includes Joshua Jackson ("The Affair") as James Leeds, former "Miss Deaf America" Lauren Ridloff as Sarah Norman, Tony winner Stephen Spinella as Mr. Franklin and John McGinty as Orin Dennis. However, it is unclear whether the cast will return for a potential Broadway transfer.

Synopsis: "Children of a Lesser God tells the story of James Leeds, a new teacher at a school for the deaf, and Sarah Norman, the school’s one-time star student who has stayed behind as its cleaning woman rather than venturing out into the hearing world. James immediately takes a keen interest in Sarah, and tries to persuade her to communicate orally by lip reading. They soon embark on an emotional journey that will teach them both new ways of communicating and loving and, in the process, they build a romance beyond words."

Kenny Leon had previously been attached to a speculated Broadway revival of the 1980 play back in September 2014, which never came to fruition.

The first staging of Children of a Lesser God on Broadway took place in 1980 and earned three Tony Awards, including Best Play, as well as two Tonys for its leading actors Phyllis Frelich and John Rubinstein. It ran for more than two years and went on to be adapted for the silver screen, earning five Academy Award nominations and winning Marlee Matlin an Oscar for Best Actress in 1987.

- by Tom Millward

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