Holly Golightly will be making her way to Broadway as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is set to open in early 2013. Emilia Clarke, best known from her role on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will be playing Golightly. The play is adapted from a novel written by Truman Capote. It was turned into a feature film in 1961 starring Audrey Hepburn.
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is about a girl (Holly Golightly) living in New York in 1943 who becomes interested in a man named Fred who moves into her apartment building. Holly is an outgoing, charming, and vivacious social butterfly with several wealthy male suitors. Fred on the other hand is a poor writer from Louisiana. Holly’s secret past catches up with her as she and Fred begin to fall in love.
This is not the first time “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has been adapted for Broadway. In 1966, one production staged a handful of preview shows starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain at the Majestic Theatre, but it closed without an official opening night performance.
Clarke (Golightly) was born in London and grew up in the English countryside. After schooling in Oxford, she went on to study drama at the famed Drama Centre School in London. Following her graduation from the Drama Centre, Clarke landed her first role as a guest star in the BBC series “Doctors”. Her next role came as a co-star in the TV movie “Triassic Attack”. From there she landed her best known role to date as Danaerys in the HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’. Currently, she is filming the third season of “Game of Thrones” and will soon begin working on the British feature film “Dom Hemingway” which also stars Jude Law and Richard E. Grant.
Due to Clarke’s busy filming schedule, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will not begin shows until the spring of 2013. No official word has been released as to who will be playing the role of Fred.
The play will be performed at a Shubert venue to be announced in February 2013. Acclaimed writer Richard Greenberg penned this adaptation of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Greenberg is well known for “Three Days of Rain”, “Eastern Standard”, and his Tony Award-winning “Take Me Out”. Sean Mathias, who is best known for Broadway’s “Indiscretions”, “Marlene”, “Dance of Death”, and “The Elephant Man”, will direct the show.
“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 its tone — still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember,” Greenberg said.
Three-time Academy Award winning costume designer Colleen Atwood and Tony Award winning set designer Derek McLane will be part of the creative team for the show.
Turning this classic novel and movie into a Broadway show starring a popular young actress should appeal to many theater goers. Fans of “Game of Thrones” may push the box office numbers to see one of their favorite characters playing the iconic role of Holly Golightly. The cast and crew expect this Broadway version of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will exceed its 1966 predecessor.