Kid Stays in the Picture Always

As one of my all time favorites from old Hollywood Robert Evans has lived nine lives in one.  You may have seen his show back in 2004 or read his book ” The Fat Lady Sang ” but if not you may have a chance to see his life played out on Broadway.   Opening in London soon will be the previews and it could make it to the big White Way late April.  Robert life is one of ups and downs,  fortune, fame, losing it all, coming back etc.  He produced some of the greatest films such as The Godfather, Rosemary’s Baby,  Love Story and many more. Very fascinating man and life.  Here is the recent heads up from the NY Post.

Michael Riedel MICHAEL RIEDEL
ENTERTAINMENT
Robert Evans’ scandalous Hollywood memoir takes the stage
By Michael Riedel March 7, 2017 | 6:47pm | Updated
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The tumultuous life of former Paramount Studios chief Robert “Bob” Evans is the subject of a new play opening this week in London. Kirk McKoy/Getty Images

If Norma Desmond is ready for her Broadway close-up, surely Robert Evans is, too.

Hollywood’s suntanned, sunglasses-wearing legend is putting the finishing touches on the stage adaptation of “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” his scandalous 1994 memoir. Directed by Simon McBurney, of last season’s critical hit “The Encounter,” “The Kid Stays in the Picture” opens this week in London.

If the critics approve, it may make a quick leap to Broadway, possibly before the end of the season. Money is no object, since the producer is a Hollywood legend in her own right: Barbara Broccoli, who oversees the multibillion-dollar James Bond movie franchise.

The show’s first previews were canceled earlier this week so that McBurney and Evans could add details about his early life as the co-founder, with his brother, Charles, of a clothing firm whose sale made them multimillionaires in their 20s. That sale took place during the JFK presidency; John F. Kennedy was one of Evans’ friends.

Evans is working on the show from his Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion because, after a series of strokes, he’s unable to travel to London. But he’s been going over script changes on the phone with McBurney, and was recently interviewed on camera for videos that will be projected on the stage.

“He looks and sounds great,” says a friend.

McBurney’s been coy about the production, but sources say it will be a multimedia extravaganza starring Danny Huston as Evans. Huston comes with his own Hollywood pedigree: His half-sister is Anjelica Huston, and his father, the director and actor John Huston, played the villain in “Chinatown,” which Evans produced.

Along the way [Evans] knocked back countless bottles of vodka, snorted pounds of cocaine, married seven women and bedded dozens more.“The Kid Stays in the Picture” charts Evans’ rise in the movie business. He turned a failing studio, Paramount, into a hit factory, producing such classics as “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Godfather” and “Love Story.”
Along the way he knocked back countless bottles of vodka, snorted pounds of cocaine, married seven women and bedded dozens more. He recounted all the details — sordid, funny, horrifying — in his memoir.

By the ’80s, after a series of flops, Evans was broke. Hollywood turned its back on him — until his memoir came out. A celebrated 2002 documentary also restored much of his luster. Today, at 86, he’s regarded as a grand old man of the movie business, receiving guests by his pool.

While he won’t be in London for the opening of “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” friends say he’ll make the trip to New York if the show transfers. (I hear the Booth may be a possibility, should the struggling “Significant Other” go bust.)

“Bob loves Broadway,” says a friend. “That’s one party he’s not going to miss.”