The Miracle Worker On Broadway
The Miracle Worker on Broadway was originally written by William Gibson as a three-act play for his 1957 Playhouse 90 teleplay adaptation. The play is strongly based on the Helen Keller autobiography Helen "The Story of My Life" and the play made a Broadway premier on October 19, 1959 at the Playhouse Theatre where it shared 719 performances before closing the curtains on July 1, 1961. The play was revamped and brought back to the stage on London's West End at the Wyndham's Theatre on August 31, 1994 and closed October 8 of that same year.
The Miracle Worker on Broadway has made its return with a 50 year celebratory revival production. The revamped play is set to open on March 3, 2010 at the Circle in the Square Theatre under the direction of Kate Whoriskey and with actor Abigail Breslin as Helen Keller. Matthew Modine also joins the strong well versed cast as Captain Keller behind strong critical praise.
The Miracle Worker on Broadway tells of the well known true life story of Helen Keller set in the 1880's of Alabama. Helen Keller was born deaf and blind and through this work, we can understand her struggles to communicate with the outside world. Helen Keller was a winner of the Medal of Freedom and became an inspiration to many as did Annie Sullivan, her amazing teacher and true friend.
This play is literally torn right out of the history books and stay factual while yet entertaining the audience through the inspiring storyline. "The Miracle Worker" focuses on Helen Keller's early childhood when Ms. Sullivan first enters the family's life. The play keeps strong attention on the surroundings and family dynamics of the situation the teacher has entered into and how she must not only overcome Helens handicap in order to reach her, but also must deal with the internal family struggles as well.
The Miracle Worker on Broadway delivers what can be expected as far as a real life dramatic play which stays with the facts of Helen Keller's history. Still the Broadway revival adds some fresh ideas and concepts, which supplement to the production as well as the audiences experience. The 2010 revival is produced "in-the-round" and proved the viewer with a 360 degree view which brings a sense of intimacy. Also, while staying true to the history lesson at hand, the latest production does step outside the previous adaptations narratives and dialogues in order to add relevance to the current time period. While "The Miracle Worker" may not be everyone's cup of tea for those who love true stories, history, inspiration and drama then this latest revival is certainly worth a view.
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