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at Broadway (TBA)

By David Lefkowitz

  Spike Lee

Despite the poor box office this past season for the World War I drama Journey's End, Broadway will again revive a wartime play in 2007-08, with an unexpected director at the helm. Spike Lee, filmmaker of Do the Right Thing, X and Bamboozled, will bring Stalag 17 to Broadway in spring 2008.

The 1951 hit, which Billy Wilder made into a 1953 film classic, will mark Lee's theatrical directing debut. He promises that "the production will have a contemporary look, yet still stay true to the period and the original play."

In a statement, producer Michael Abbott noted that Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski's dark comedy still has contemporary relevance and expected "audiences of all generations [to] react strongly to the humor, the mystery and the suspense of the show."

Set in a prisoner of war camp at the tail end of WWII, the play follows a group of U.S. airmen constantly thwarted by their German captors owing to a spy somewhere in their barracks. A sillier version of the premise was later turned into the television show Hogan's Heroes (though the producers of Stalag 17 were unsuccessful in their infringement lawsuit against the TV program).

Stalag 17 co-author Trzcinski died in 1996; Bevan is still alive and says of the upcoming production, "Bravo, Bravo Spike!"




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