Comic actress Jane Curtin will be the new Dotty Otley in Broadway's Noises Off, taking the role created by Patti LuPone in the revival.
LuPone, in a letter to her fans on her official website, confirmed that her contract in the Michael Frayn farce ends July 15, and added that four of her cast members will be exiting the show as well.
"I don't know what the rest of the company has chosen to do, but I shall miss them all," LuPone said in her website (pattilupone.net).
A spokesman for Noises Off told Playbill On-Line contracts for the entire company end at the same time and the producers and actors are in discussions about who may wish to continue on in the comedy. New cast members will likely appear beginning July 16.
The Tony Award-nommed Katie Finneran, the comely Brooke Ashton of Noises Off, got good news recently: The sitcom pilot she filmed has been picked up for a series. She heads to Los Angeles to star in "Bram and Alice," co-starring Alfred Molina (Art) and Roger Bart (The Producers), among others. She won't be returning to Noises Off. Jane Curtin became a household name in the 1970s when she was cast member on "Saturday Night Live." She also starred in TV's "Kate and Allie" and "Third Rock From the Sun." In Noises Off, the farce about a frazzled sex-comedy troupe making blunders on stage and off, Curtin will play actress Dotty Otley, who is run ragged playing the maid in a provincial tour of a sex farce called Nothing On.
The Jeremy Sams-directed staging of the 1982 Michael Frayn farce includes Tony Award-winners Richard Easton (The Invention of Love) and Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls), Peter Gallagher, Edward Hibbert, T.R. Knight, Thomas McCarthy, Robin Weigert, with faithful standbys Michael Bakkensen, Ross Bickell, Kate Gleason, Barbara Sims, Virginia Louise Smith and Doug Stender.
Frayn revised the script for the recent London revival and this offshoot staging. The Brooks Atkinson is home to Noises Off. It played the same venue 20 years ago.