Guess who wants to start “haaling” in some Tonys (it’s not Maggie, at least not right now). Jake Gyllenhaal, who previously appeared in Constellations on Broadway, has signed on to return to the Great White Way in Burn This, a Lanford Wilson play that follows a group of young adults in the 1980s dealing with the death of a friend. Gyllenhaal will play Pale, a role previously performed by John Malkovich and Edward Norton. Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening) is directing the production, which is expected to begin performances in February at the famed Hudson Theatre and officially open in March.
Update, October 22: We’re going to have to wait a little bit longer to see Gyllenhaal take the stage. Playbill reports that due to “scheduling conflicts” with the leading man, Burn This is now aiming for an undisclosed opening day “during the 2017-2018 season,” the show’s producers announced. The production will also be leaving the Hudson Theatre to find a new home. Until then, though, Gyllenhaal is committing to that theater-kid life by doing a three-night concert production of Sunday in the Park With George — which begins in a few days from now.