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‘The Seagull’ May Fly to Broadway

August 15, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Will ``The Seagull,″ the Public Theater’s big-name, outdoor revival starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, fly to Broadway?

``There is definite interest and discussions are going on, but nothing is set at this point,″ Carol Fineman, a Public Theater spokesman, said Tuesday. The production of the Chekhov classic runs through Aug. 26 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

The New York Post reported Tuesday the Mike Nichols-directed revival would move to Broadway’s Lyceum Theater in November for an eight-week run and with a $100 top ticket price. Streep, who has not been on the New York stage for 20 years, apparently is interested. The length of her commitment to a possible Broadway production is among the questions being addressed.

Even if the play, which also features Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Goodman, does move, several of the cast members can’t make the transfer to Broadway.

Debra Monk has already been cast in the musical ``Thou Shalt Not″ opening in October, and Marcia Gay Harden has a television series. Another question mark is Natalie Portman, who plays the pivotal role of Nina. Portman is a student at Harvard University, and it is uncertain if she would take a semester off to appear in the show.

``The Seagull″ has become one of the hottest tickets in New York, with people camping overnight in Central Park for the free tickets, which are distributed at 1 p.m. the day of the performance.

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