While Edie Falco (Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (Beauty and the Beast) and possibly Lorraine Bracco (The Graduate) take on The Great White Way, some Broadway stars will take to their turf in the upcoming season of HBO's "The Sopranos," which begins Sept. 15.
Tony Award-winning actress Linda Lavin will appear on the show as a therapist, confirmed an HBO spokesperson. The actress who received Tony nominations for her turns on stage in Last of the Red Hot Lovers,The Diary of Anne Frank and most recently The Tale of the Allergist's Wife won her Tony for her performance in Broadway Bound. Lavin will also return to Broadway this season starring in Carrie Hamilton and Carol Burnett's Hollywood Arms.
Actor Peter Riegert, who has already appeared on the weekly drama as State Assemblyman Zellman, will return to the role for this, the fourth, season. Riegert last took to the Broadway stage in David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood opposite Patti LuPone. His other credits include An American Daughter, The Nerd, Dance With Me, Censored Scenes From King Kong and Sexual Perversity in Chicago.
In other "Sopranos"/theatre news, three other actors from the HBO drama will come to the New York stage in Golden Boy, Sept. 25-Oct. 12.
Vincent Pastore (who portrayed the "offed" Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero), Maureen Van Zandt (who plays mobwife Gabriella Dante opposite her real-life husband Steve Van Zandt as Silvio) and Robert Funaro (Eugene Pontecorvo) will star in the With Out Papers production of the Clifford Odets' play about a young boxer and his struggle. "The Sopranos" airs Sunday nights on HBO at 9PM (ET) starting Sept. 15. Check your local listings for scheduling. For more information, visit www.hbo.com/sopranos.
— by Ernio Hernandez