Hollywood has come down with a case of Broadway fever, as yet another young starlet is set to make her Great White Way debut. Just yesterday we pondered Scarlett Johansson's upcoming role in the Arthur Miller drama "A View From the Bridge," and now comes word (via Variety) that 13-year-old Abigail Breslin has been cast as Helen Keller in a revival of the 1959 play "The Miracle Worker."
Abigail will star as the blind-deaf girl alongside Alison Pill's ("In Treatment," "Milk") Annie Sullivan, a legally blind woman who teaches Helen to communicate. "The Miracle Worker" is quite a celebrated production having won four Tonys in 1960 and two Oscars in 1963 for the screen adaptation, both starring Patty Duke as Helen and Anne Bancroft as Annie.
As Abigail continues to broaden her resume with roles as diverse as a wannabe beauty pageant queen in "Little Miss Sunshine" and an undead destroyer in "Zombieland," a stint on Broadway is clearly a calculated move for the maturing actress. We already predicted that Abigail will be a future force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, but success in a role as complicated and nuanced as Helen could make the star an A-Lister before she even gets her driver's license.
Previews for the production begin February 12, with opening night scheduled for March 3.
Are you excited to see Abigail make her Broadway debut in "The Miracle Worker"?