Renée Fleming to star on Broadway

She will reprise a role she played at Williamstown last summer. AP reports:

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NEW YORK (AP) — Opera star Renee Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring, playing – what else? – an opera star.

The four-time Grammy Award-winning soprano will star in the comedy “Living on Love” at the Longacre Theatre beginning April 1.

“I’ve spent my life singing tragic characters, so to be able to make people laugh is an extraordinary joy,” said Fleming.

The comedy was written by two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro (“Memphis”), adapted from “Peccadillo” by Garson Kanin (“Born Yesterday”) and directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. Marshall and DiPietro worked together on Broadway’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” The play was seen this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

In it, Fleming plays an opera diva whose conductor-husband starts to fall for a woman hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography. She retaliates by hiring her own ghostwriter, but also gets romantically attached.

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  • This looks suspiciously like a ripoff of Preston Sturges’ great 1948 comedy Unfaithfully Yours with Rex Harrison.
    But don’t worry Renee, you’ve made many of us laugh when you sing Handel.

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