'Days of Wine and Roses' musical to open on Broadway

Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara and Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James will reprise their roles from the show's Off-Broadway world premiere earlier this year.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

The new musical Days of Wine and Roses, based on the 1958 teleplay by JP Miller and the 1962 Warner Bros. film, will come to Broadway for a 16-week limited engagement this winter. Performances begin January 6 ahead of a January 28 opening night at Studio 54.

The Days of Wine and Roses musical premiered earlier this summer with Atlantic Theater Company, starring Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara and Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James. The pair will reprise their roles as Joe and Kirsten, a 1950s couple who fall in love only to fall into alcoholism as well.

New York Theatre Guide's review of the Off-Broadway production reads, "James hits all the right notes... Beyond her vocals, O’Hara’s assured and powerful acting really impresses."

Additional casting for the Broadway production has yet to be announced.

Days of Wine and Roses is the first collaboration between composer/lyricist Adam Guettel and book writer Craig Lucas since their celebrated 2005 musical The Light in the Piazza. Directing is Michael Greif, a four-time Tony nominee who will also be represented on Broadway this season with a musical adaptation of The Notebook.

The creative team also includes choreographers Sergio Trujillo and Karla Puno Garcia, scenic designer Lizzie Clachan, costume designer Dede Ayite, lighting designer Ben Stanton, sound designer Kai Harada, music director Kimberly Grigsby, orchestrator Guettel, additional orchestrator Jamie Lawrence, and hair and wig designer David Brian Brown.

Photo credit: Kelli O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James in Days of Wine and Roses off Broadway. (Photo by Ahron R. Foster)

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