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Nicole Kidman’s returning to Broad way, clothed.
The actress will star in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ “Sweet Bird of Youth” next fall. The director is David Cromer, who won glowing reviews for last year’s off-Broadway production of “Our Town.”
Kidman caused a sensation in New York in 1998 when she took off her clothes — for 3.6 seconds — in David Hare’s play “The Blue Room,” which was staged by Sam Mendes, the David Cromer of the ’90s.
Despite mixed reviews, the production was an instant sellout, with lines forming round the block from the Cort Theatre.
Kidman, who was just beginning to step out from the shadow of then-husband Tom Cruise, wound up on the cover of Newsweek, which, as readers of a certain age will recall, was once an important weekly publication with a vast circulation.
(Newsweek still exists, somewhere.)
In “Sweet Bird,” Kidman will play Alexandra Del Lago, an aging, drunken and sexually voracious movie star. The character is one of Williams’ great stage monsters.
It’s hard to think of the 43-year-old as an “aging actress” — but then, Geraldine Page was just 35 when she created the role in the original 1959 Broadway production.
Kidman’s on a roll these days as a serious actress. Critics who saw her movie “Rabbit Hole” at the Toronto Film Festival are praising her performance as a grief-stricken mother. There’s talk that she’ll be nominated for an Oscar.
Sources close to her say she’s out to prove that, after a couple of high-profile duds like “Australia” and “Nine,” she’s still in the game, tackling ambitious roles in serious plays and movies.
Kidman’s friend Scott Rudin, who produced “The Hours,” for which she won the Oscar, is producing “Sweet Bird of Youth.”
No word yet on who’ll play Chance Wayne, the gigolo who rolls around in the bed with the drunken actress. Paul Newman played the part originally on Broadway, so they’d better land a hunk.