Director Scott Elliott, who just stepped up from Off-Broadway to Broadway (via the Frank Langella Present Laughter), has amassed an uncharacteristically starry cast for Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, which he put into rehearsal last week (Dec. 16) for a run at the Roundabout Theatre from January 22 to April 6.
The revival will open Feb. 13 with the title roles filled by Amy Irving (Olga), a Broadway-debuting Lili Taylor (Irina), and Jeanne Tripplehorn (Marsha). The parts of their suitors will be played by Billy Crudup (Solyony), Eric Stolz (Tuzenbach) and David Strathairn (Vershinin). So far, so great.
Now comes a second wave of names to fill in this supporting parts: Jerry Stiller (Hurly Burly) for Chebutykin, David Marshall Grant (Angels In America) for Kulygin, Calista Flockhart (The Glass Menagerie) for Natasha, and Paul Giamatti (Racing Demon, The Blues Are Running) for Andrei. Rounding out the Roundabout cast will be Betty Miller, Justin Theroux, Robert Bogue and Ben Hammer.
Three Sisters has already been on Broadway this season (November) -- in a production by Moscow's Sovremennik Theatre, which featured Marina Neyolova, Galina Petrova, and, of course, Yekaterina Semyonova.
For tickets ($55) and information on the Roundabout Three Sisters call (212) 869-8400.