He was Axl Rose; now he's a harried reservations clerk. Actor Brian Beacock has replaced Ethan Sandler in the Los Angeles company of Fully Committed playing at Los Angeles' Coronet Theatre. Sandler is moving on with the show's national tour, currently in Washington, DC.
Starting out as Sam, the stressed, out-of-work actor-cum-reservations clerk at the city's hottest four-star restaurant, Beacock portrays not only the eatery's staff but a series of outrageous guests clamoring for a table. These patrons run the gamut from killer Mafiosi and rich old ladies to supermodels and Wall Street tycoons.
Beacock, who took over in Fully Committed Jan. 23, is known in Los Angeles and New York for his portrayal of Guns 'n' Roses' famous frontman - his White Trash Wins Lotto has played The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard, P.S.122 Off-off-Broadway, and has been seen on "Late Night With Conan O'Brien." His other credits include the national tour of Les Miserables and the L.A. productions of Naked Boys Singing!, The Last Hairdresser and Howard Crabtree's When Pigs Fly.
Mode crafted Fully Committed for actor Mark Setlock, whose real life experiences as an out-of-work actor desperately trying to find tables at a trendy Manhattan restaurant were the basis for her play. Other credits include writing for TV's "Cosby," HBO, Nickelodeon and Disney.
Director Martin was recently named artistic director of the Huntington Theatre in Boston, a role he assumed in fall 2000. He won the 1999 Obie Award for Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation and also directed Bosoms and Neglect at the Signature and Full Gallop. Fully Committed first opened Off Broadway Sept. 30, 1999 with fully-committed reviews, extending, at the time, through Oct. 30 at the Vineyard. The show then moved to the Cherry Lane Theatre, where it continues to run with Roger Bart in the role.
Tickets in Los Angeles are $45-$38.50. The Coronet Theatre is located at 366 North La Cienega Boulevard, one block north of Beverly Boulevard. For reservations, call (310) 657-7377. Fully Committed is on the web at www.FullyCommitted.com.
-- By Christine Ehren