Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Entertainment
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

'The War of the Roses,' a violent view of a marriage gone wrong, coming to Broadway

FILE - This Dec. 5, 1989 file photo shows actors Michael Douglas, from left, Danny De Vito and Kathleen Turner at a special screening of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation's release

Enlarge Image

FILE - This Dec. 5, 1989 file photo shows actors Michael Douglas, from left, Danny De Vito and Kathleen Turner at a special screening of 20th Century Fox Film Corporation's release "The War of the Roses" in Los Angeles. Producers Jay and Cindy Gutterman, who have been married 37 years, said Monday, June 30, 2014, they plan to stage an adaptation of Warren Adler’s book "The War of the Roses" during the 2015-2016 season. The story, about an exceptionally ugly divorce, was made into a dark comedy film starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. (AP Photo/Alan Greth, File)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - One of the darkest views of a marriage is coming to Broadway from a producing couple who are enjoying a long, sunny marriage.

Producers Jay and Cindy Gutterman said Monday they plan to stage an adaptation of Warren Adler's book "The War of the Roses" during the 2015-2016 season. The story, about an exceptionally ugly divorce, was made into a dark comedy film in 1989 starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas.

"It's ironic that Jay and I should be doing this because we've been married 37 wonderful years," Cindy Gutterman said. "It's been a really great relationship. I mean, we certainly never thought about divorce."

The stars, dates and theatre will be announced later.

The play will be based on the book, which has notable differences from the film. For one thing, the book is narrated by dueling divorce attorneys, while the film had only one attorney — played by Danny DeVito, who also directed.

That makes the book far more of an indictment of the legal system, Jay Gutterman said. "Each of those attorneys are turning the tourniquet on their clients, looking, of course, for their various retainers. They're goading them to go that extra mile."

The Guttermans are three-time Tony Award-winning producers who do not shy away from intriguing and challenging material. Together with their producing partner Cathy Chernoff, they won a Tony this year for the Lyndon B. Johnson play "All the Way" and produced "Spring Awakening," ''Chinglish" and "Glengarry Glen Ross" with Liev Schreiber.

Cindy Gutterman said "The War of the Roses" is a cynical depiction of modern love that also satirizes conspicuous consumption. "It explores how far will two individuals go to destroy the other out of greed and the necessity to come out on top. How far will you go to pull your partner down?" she said.

The show's other producers include Carl Moellenberg, Wendy Federman, Jonathan Robert Adler, Keith Knee and Al Hayes.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on brandonsun.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

Comment
  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Sudden Surge: Flood of 2014
Opportunity Magazine — The Bakken
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media