Superior Donuts: Steppenwolf's production of Tracy Letts' play sets its eyes on Broadway




The Chicago Tribune reports that the Steppenwolf Theatre's production of Superior Donuts, a new comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts plans to arrive on Broadway in the Fall of 2009. The paper reports that though no final contractual deal has been signed, plans for the Broadway production are well under way.

The show would be Steppenwolf's second Broadway transfer in three years. The first being Tracy Letts's 'August:Osage County, ' directed by Anna D. Shapiro, which opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre on 4 Dec 2007. The show is now playing at the Music Box Theatre, where it is currently seling tickets through to 6 Sep 2009. 'August:Osage County' was a critical success and won 5 Tony Awards - including Best Play and Best Director.

Tracy Lett's comedy, Superior Donuts, is about 'Arthur Pryzbyszewski,' who owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. 'Franco Wicks,' a black teenager is his only employee, and he wants to change the shop for the better.

As with its world premiere, the production would be directed by Tina Landau and feature all or most of the original cast, which includes Michael McKean, Jon Michael Hill and Kate Buddeke.

The show will be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian and Steve Traxler - the same team who helped to bring 'August: Osage County' to Broadway.

Producer Steve Traxler confirmed plans for a Broadway production where well in hand when he told the Chicago Tribune "It's very exciting to continue our relationship with Tracy."