Vogue ran a glowing review of Audible’s production of Billy Crystal’s Have a Nice Day, starring Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, Auli’i Cravalho, Rachel Dratch, Darrell Hammond, Kevin Kline, Robin Thede and others. It had a two-day run at the Minetta Lane Theatre in early October and is being released on Audible on Nov. 1.
The production is the latest from Audible’s fruitful run with physical productions that would later become audio plays: June saw Carey Mulligan’s one-woman show,Girls & Boys, after its run at the Royal Court Theatre in London; Patti Smith: Words and Music at The Minetta Lane had a three-night run in late September; and Aasif Mandvi’s one-man show Sakina’s Restaurant opened October 5, and will run through November 4. In May 2017, Audible also announced a $5 million fund for emerging playwrights as part of their effort to both create more content for their platform and widen the reach of emerging talents; they will produce Chisa Hutchinson’s Proof of Love in late 2018. “To celebrate live performance in the theater is one thing, but think of professional sports,” Audible’s CEO, Don Katz, told The New York Times last year: “There’s the game, but it’s also being projected to millions of other people in a really powerful way.”