What is a fangirl to do? She has a post already written and ready to build, then the exquisitely talented British Actor Richard Armitage shares his big big big NYC theatre news. Switch gears, of course! Ha!
Here is what we know:
Screenshots are so helpful—especially these days when tweets are so … ephemeral. *wink*
And here is the Roundabout Theatre tweet:
The Roundabout Theatre’s sight also shared a brief opening plot synopsis:
“London, 1967. Beatlemania is in full effect, the “Me” generation is in its prime and Kenneth and Sandra have the world at their fingertips. It’s the summer of love, and that’s all they need. But what will happen when the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll fade away and these boomers have babies of their own?”
Richard also shared links to the Broadway World site’s article about the play that shows the five character lead cast:
The Love, Love, Love play cast are (left to right above, not as listed below): Zoe Kazan, Alex Hurt, Richard Armitage, Amy Ryan, and Ben Rosenfield.
“Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is thrilled to announce the complete cast of Mike Bartlett’s (King Charles III) new play, Love, Love Love, directed by Michael Mayer. The cast includes Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Alex Hurt (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Zoe Kazan (The Seagull), Ben Rosenfield (“Boardwalk Empire”) and two-time Tony nominee Amy Ryan (“The Office,” A Streetcar Named Desire). The production is part of Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary Season.
Love, Love, Love begins preview performances on September 22, 2016 and opens officially on October 19, 2016 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. This is a limited engagement Off-Broadway through December 18, 2016.”
And, not to be outdone, the gold standard—or at least, silver—The Hollywood Reporter also shares the tweet with their Love, Love, Love play article link (with pictures left to right of Armitage, Kazan, and Ryan):
And assuming the play’s director Michael Meyer doesn’t Yankicize the play, Brit Richard Armitage will get to use his British accent. Sighhh! Oh, and here is some basic plot info:
“The play begins in a North London flat in the late 1960s amid a haze of rock and reefer, then skips forward to cover four decades, reflecting on the changing political, economic and social realities of a world that steers the baby-boomer generation from passion to paranoia.”
Okay, the play’s plot is a bit more complicated than that. But hey! Its THR, they do films mostly. And the film industry likes concise marketing taglines. So a Love, Love, Love’s play marketing tagline could be, hipsters become oldsters with youngsters?
And then Broadway com also shared an article about the play Love, Love, Love—featuring Richard Armitage and Amy Ryan:
“The London-set play weaves through four decades to tell the story of Kenneth (Armitage) and Sandra (Ryan), who connect over their love for marijuana and rock (amongst other things) when Sandra goes on a date with Kenneth’s brother Henry (Hurt) in the late 1960s. Some 23 years later, the two baby boomers struggle to maintain the bonds of marriage and parenthood.”
P.S. My great thanks to TeresaA and Perry at her Armitage Agonistes blog for pointing me back to twitter for this RA news! I had *gasp* not checked it yet today. Ha!