Van Zandts have Broadway plans

June 9, 2006 at 12:52 AM
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NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) -- Actor and musician Steven Van Zandt and his wife Maureen have teamed with legit producers in New York to form the Renegade Theater.

The company is committed to producing limited Broadway runs of American plays, Daily Variety reported. Maureen Van Zandt, founder of the "With Out Papers" theater company, will be the artistic director of Renegade.

The list of classics she hopes to run includes the plays of Clifford Odets, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller. She plans to branch out later into more contemporary work.

She estimates each production to reach about $1.5 million.

"Our ultimate goal is to film them, so these plays can be preserved and possibly broadcast," she said. "We'll do a short run on Broadway, and the cast will commit to filming it."

Steven Van Zandt is a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, and was a regular on HBO's "The Sopranos."

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