Richard Greenberg’s new Broadway adaptation of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will close on Sunday.
After the final performance, the production will have played 38 regular performances and 17 previews at the Cort Theatre.
The play was based upon Truman Capote’s novella rather than the legendary movie starring Audrey Hepburn. Emilia Clarke, largely known for her role in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” starred as Holy Golightly in the new Broadway version. Other stars included Cory Michael Smith as the narrator “Fred” and George Wendt as Joe Bell.
Press notes state that the production “is set in New York City in 1943. ‘Fred’, a young writer from Louisiana, meets ‘Holly Golightly’ (Clarke), a charming, vivacious and utterly elusive good-time girl. Everyone falls in love with Holly – including Fred (Smith). But Fred is poor, and Holly’s other suitors include a playboy millionaire and the future president of Brazil. As war rages on in Europe, Holly begins to fall in love with Fred – just as her past catches up with her.”
While the opening of the play was greeted with largely negative reviews, the production did get a fair amount of press when previews began due to theatergoers attempting to take photos of a nude scene featuring Clarke. This violated the long-standing Broadway rule allowing no photography, and security was increased during subsequent performances.
Greenberg explained the differences between the new production and the movie in a statement released when the play was announced.
“The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as well as to resume it’s tone – still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember,” he said.
The writer will likely be busy this week, as another of his plays – “The Assembled Parties” – opens on Broadway at the Friedman Theater this Wednesday.