Martin Luther King play set for B'way next season

An Oct. 24, 1966 photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights leader in Atlanta , Ga.(AP Photo/stf)

February 10, 2010 7:04:54 PM PST
Broadway's spring hasn't started yet but already new shows are being announced for next season, including an acclaimed drama from London about Martin Luther King Jr. that received a 2010 Olivier best new play nomination.

"The Mountaintop" by Katori (kah-TOR'-ee) Hall re-imagines the events that take place the night before King's assassination in Memphis in 1968. No casting was announced Wednesday by producers Jean Doumanian (do-MANE'-ee-an) and Sonia Friedman, but they are negotiating with Kenny Leon to direct the production. The play is set to open this fall.

Also on tap for next season is the Broadway debut of playwright Jon Robin Baitz (BATES). His latest play is "Love and Mercy," which producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel say deals with parents, children and the bonds that tie them together.