- Obama takes aim at ‘corporate deserters’
- Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off 478 PGA golf pros
- Senators: Cease-fire must allow Israel to defend against rockets, tunnels
- Sierra Leone doctor fighting Ebola catches disease
- Iraq welcomes Russian fighter jets, helicopter gunships into ISIL fight
- John McCain laments: Obama’s ‘self-pity … is really kind of sad’
- GOP offer to fix VA gives $10 billion in emergency funds
- Paul Ryan offers to repair U.S. economic safety net with a single grant stream
- Kim Jong-un builds bond with Putin: $250M Russia-backed addition to key port opens
- Pope Francis meets Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman sentenced to death
Angela Bassett set to return to Broadway this fall
Question of the Day
NEW YORK (AP) - Angela Bassett has signed on to star opposite Samuel L. Jackson in the Broadway production of the play "The Mountaintop."
Producers announced Tuesday that Bassett will play the mysterious woman who visits the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in playwright Katori Hall's re-imagining of the night before the civil rights leader's 1968 assassination.
"The Mountaintop," the winner of the best new play Olivier award in London, will begin performances on Sept. 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 45th Street. An official opening is set for Oct. 13.
Bassett, 52, an Academy Award nominee who played Tina Turner in "What's Love Got to Do With It" and who can currently be seen in the film "Green Lantern," takes over after Halle Berry pulled out due to child custody issues.
Jackson, 62, will be making his Broadway debut in the play. His many films include "Pulp Fiction," "The Negotiator," "Iron Man," "Snakes on a Plane" and "Changing Lanes."
"These two remarkable actors have excited audiences around the world for many years, and bringing them together in this extraordinary new play on Broadway promises to be a major highlight of the season," producers Jean Doumanian and Sonia Friedman said in a statement.
Hall, a rising young playwright from Memphis, Tenn., has also written the plays "Hoodoo Love," "Remembrance," "Hurt Village," "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning," and "Freedom Train." Her King play will be directed by Kenny Leon, whose Tony Award winning Broadway show "Fences" earned 10 Tony nominations.
"The Mountaintop," which draws its title from King's last speech, made its world premiere in 2009 in a small London theater before transferring to the West End. That production starred David Harewood as King and Lorraine Burroughs as the mysterious stranger. It beat out "Jerusalem" as best new play in London.
TWT Video Picks
By Michael Widlanski
Leveling the battlefield to aid terrorists enables evil to fight on
- 'We're coming for you, Barack Obama': Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL terrorists
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Evidence shows Russia firing artillery into Ukraine: Pentagon
- Cutler wins endorsement from gun control group
- Obama orders Pentagon advisers to Ukraine
- Algerian plane diverted due to storms, second aircraft: 116 missing
- Man says he shot burglar who said she was pregnant
- CARSON: Costco and the perils of mixing politics and business
- Obama's empty tough-talk: Gun prosecutions plummet on his watch
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq