Butz Will Be Corporate Villain Skilling in Broadway's Enron

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Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz will play disgraced corporate executive Jeffrey Skilling in the Broadway production of Lucy Prebble's Enron, the producers announced Jan. 7. The show uses dance, music, video and movement to tell the true story.

Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz

First seen in England, where critics embraced it, Enron is the highly theatrical, music-infused new play about the 2001 collapse of the American energy corporation. Butz will play Skilling, the former president who was convicted of felonies related to the Houston-based Enron's demise.

Rupert Goold (who staged Macbeth with Patrick Stewart) directs Enron, to begin performances at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 8. Opening is April 27.

Butz won his Best Actor Tony Award (and a Drama Desk Award) for playing frisky, lowbrow con-man Freddy in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He was also Tony-nominated as Best Featured Actor for his turn in Thou Shalt Not. His Broadway credits include Wicked (creating the role of Fiyero), Is He Dead?, Speed-the-Plow (2009) and Rent. He recently appeared in the tryout of the new musical Catch Me If You Can. His Off-Broadway credits include Fifty Words (MCC), Buicks (Drama Desk nomination), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk, Lortel nominations; Drama League Award), Juno and the Paycock (Roundabout Theatre Company), Saved (Theatre for a New Audience). On television, he will be co-starring in the upcoming legal drama "The Deep End," premiering Jan. 21 on ABC.

Additional Enron casting will be announced shortly.

Enron will feature scenic and costume design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Mark Henderson, music and sound by Adam Cork, video and projection by Jon Driscoll and movement by Scott Ambler. Enron was commissioned by Headlong Theatre, premiered in summer 2009 at the Minerva Theatre Chichester, and then moved for a six-week run at the Royal Court Theatre in London where it played through Nov. 8, 2009. The play will transfer to West End's Noel Coward Theatre Jan. 16.

Headlong Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Court Theatre production of Enron will be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Matthew Byam Shaw, Act Productions, Caro Newling for Neal St. Productions and The Shubert Organization.

Prebble won the George Devine Award and the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play The Sugar Syndrome at the Royal Court Theatre. On television, her work includes creating the series "Secret Diary of a Call Girl." Enron is her second play.

Goold's previous productions include Minerva Theatre Chichester's staging of Macbeth with Patrick Stewart (that transferred to the West End and Broadway) and Six Characters in Search of an Author. Additional credits include Time and the Conways at the National Theatre, Pete Postlethwaite in King Lear, and West End productions of Pinter's No Man's Land and Oliver! (currently at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). He most recently directed Turandot for English National Opera which opened at the London Coliseum in October.

Tickets are on sale at telecharge.com.

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