The show, scheduled to open March 3 with previews beginning February 12 at Circle in the Square Theatre, will be produced by David Richenthal, longtime friend of Gibson, and directed by Kate Whoriskey. Breslin, a 13-year-old New York native, will also be joined onstage by Alison Pill, playing the role of Helen's unwavering teacher Annie Sullivan.
'The Miracle Worker' tells the story of Sullivan's sheer determination to help a blind and deaf Keller communicate with the world around her, despite Keller's mother's disapproval of Sullivan's role in her daughter's life. The story was originally written for TV in 1957, with the Broadway version following two years later. Patty Duke played the original Broadway role of Helen and Anne Bancroft took center stage as Annie. Both women later won Academy Awards for the film adaptation of their roles.
We understand that you might be jaded -- haven't we seen the Hollywood to Broadway bust before? Ahem, Sienna Miller. But when the curtain rolls up for Breslin, she has one thing working in her favor that the vast majority of Hollywood never had -- an Oscar nom at age 10. Pretty impressive.