Epic Proportions to Close on Broadway Dec. 12

News   Epic Proportions to Close on Broadway Dec. 12 The Broadway comedy, Epic Proportions, will give its last performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 12. The Kristin Chenoweth vehicle opened on Sept. 30, after previews beginning Sept. 1. It will have played 26 previews and 84 regular performances.
Kristin Chenoweth and Ruth Williamson in Epic Proportions.
Kristin Chenoweth and Ruth Williamson in Epic Proportions. (Photo by Photo by Carol Rosegg)

The Broadway comedy, Epic Proportions, will give its last performance at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 12. The Kristin Chenoweth vehicle opened on Sept. 30, after previews beginning Sept. 1. It will have played 26 previews and 84 regular performances.

Lewis J. Stadlen, whose recent New York credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Mizlansky/Zilinsky took over the role of D.W. DeWitt in the Broadway comedy, Epic Proportions, Oct. 29. He replaced character actor Richard B. Shull, 70, who died of a heart attack Oct. 14. The character of DeWitt is that of a distracted, cynical movie mogul in charge of a Biblical epic, but more interested in screening blue films as a way of escaping the pressures of movie making.

Larry Coen and David Crane's comedy also features Tony winner Chenoweth and a number of other actors known for their comedic work: Alan Tudyk, Ruth Williamson and Ross Lehman.

Chenoweth recently landed a 13 episode, NBC sitcom deal that will begin next fall.

Stadlen, a Tony nominee for both the Forum revival and Candide, also appeared in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Olympus on my Mind and Signature Theatre's mounting of Arthur Miller's The American Clock. The show is produced by Brent Peek, Mark Schwartz, Bob Cuillo, Bob Barandes and Matthew Farrell. Designing the show are David Gallo (set), who also designed Bunny Bunny; Paul Gallo (lighting), William Ivey Long (costumes) and Aural Fixation (sound).

A look at Hollywood during the Studio Era, Epic Proportions takes place on the set of a 1930s Biblical epic. Chenoweth, Davidson and Tudyk are three sides of a love triangle; most of the actors play "a cast of thousands."

Coen and Crane penned the script years ago (the now-defunct Manhattan Punch Line staged a version of it in 1986) but were waiting for Zaks to come available to direct. Co-author Crane is the co-creator of the TV sitcoms "Friends" and "Veronica's Closet" and serves as executive producer on "Jesse."

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