Antonio Banderas Scheduled to Leave Nine, Oct. 5; Show Will Go on

News   Antonio Banderas Scheduled to Leave Nine, Oct. 5; Show Will Go on Tony Award nominee Antonio Banderas is scheduled to leave the Tony Award-winning revival of Nine, Oct. 5. The Roundabout Theater Company intends to continue the new staging's run, a production spokesperson confirmed.

Banderas garnered much praise for his Broadway debut as the show's focal character Guido Contini. The actor — to be seen next in the Larry Gelbart-penned Mexican revolutionary biopic "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself" (Sept. 7 on HBO) — will go into pre-production for the sequel to "The Mask of Zorro."

The new David Leveaux staging of Nine casts the Spanish-born actor opposite a cast of women including Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski, Laura Benanti and Mary Stuart Masterson.

Benanti will soon leave the Roundabout production to begin rehearsals for her next Broadway stint, in the upcoming Manhattan Theatre Club staging of Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour.

Nine began performances at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre March 21 and opened April 10 for a limited run originally scheduled through June 29.

Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Nine, plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 West 49 St. Tickets are currently available for dates through Oct. 5. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.