Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly in Richard Greenberg's new stage adaptation of "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Something I love about New York City is the unexpected and sometimes serendipitous nature of certain encounters, whether it's a discovery of people or events. Yesterday, while walking to meet a friend to go shopping on 5th Ave, I passed the Cort Theater, where a big, glittering marquee in sweeping script read: "BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S."
I immediately stopped to see what this was all about, as I am a fan of the Truman Capote book and Blake Edwards' 1961 film. I was pleasantly surprised to see everyone's favorite Targaryen Emilia Clarke (of Game of Thrones fame) was playing the lead role of Holly Golightly.
Director Sam Mathias, who directed a version of the play in London in 2009, explained to the New York Times how Clarke landed the part:
He thought he could do even better, he said, and he liked the idea of doing the play in New York. "It's a New York story, it deserves a New York production," he explained. And what appealed to him when Ms. Clarke's name came up was precisely that she was young and unknown.
"In the book Holly is 18 years and 10 months," he pointed out, "and I said to the producers, 'What you really want here is to discover someone new.' Then, when I met Emilia, I got excited by her beauty and her quality. She’s a tremendous mixture of truth and style, of heart and comedy, and you need that for Holly."
I hope to buy tickets to the show, in which case I will be sure to report back. The play is more of a true adaptation of the book, more so than the film was. For some nostalgia, see an old entry about a behind-the-scenes look at the film.