Fran Drescher Joins Ex-Quartet in LaBute's Some Girl(s) for American Premiere

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Fran Drescher — known to television audiences as "The Nanny" — joins the upcoming MCC Theatre American premiere of Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s) starring Eric McCormack, Brooke Smith and Maura Tierney.

Jo Bonney (On the Mountain, Living Out) will direct the work to debut May 17-June 24 at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre. Opening night is set for June 8.

In LaBute's exposé of the modern male, Some Girl(s), a blossoming writer is on the verge of matrimony when he comes down with a bad case of cold feet. So much so, he not only calls up old girlfriends, he hops flights to see them. "One Guy. Four Exes. Four Cities. One Hell of a Trip," boasted show materials for its West End debut.

McCormack stars as the man opposite Tierney as the Los Angeles-based doctor Bobbi, Smith as Seattle housewife Sam and Drescher as Boston professor Lindsay. One remaining female cast member is to be announced.

Drescher recently returned to TV in "Living With Fran" following her two-time Emmy Award nominated turn as Miss Fine on the series "The Nanny." On stage, she made her debut in The Pasadena Playhouse world premiere of Ronald Ribman's Rug Merchants of Chaos and appeared in the Off-Broadway run of The Exonerated. Known for her film work, she has been seen in "This is Spinal Tap," "Beautician and The Beast," "Jack," "Cadillac Man" and "Picking Up the Pieces."

  Trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Smith's stage credits include Stop Kiss, Andre Gregory's Uncle Vanya, Walking the Dead and The Triumph of Love. She is known for her turn as the young captive in "The Silence of the Lambs" and earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Louis Malle's "Vanya on 42nd Street." Other work includes "Kansas City," "Last Summer in the Hamptons," "The Night We Never Met," "Mr. Wonderful," "The Moderns," "Trees Lounge," "Random Hearts," "Melinda and Melinda" and "In Her Shoes." McCormack, known for his Emmy Award-winning turn as the title character of "Will & Grace," last appeared on the New York boards in the Broadway revival of The Music Man. The Stratford Shakespearean Festival veteran also made a cameo in The Play What I Wrote and appeared in Canadian productions of Biloxi Blues, Salt Water Moon, Burn This and The Passion of Dracula.

Tierney — who earned an Emmy Award nomination for her turn as Abby Lockhart on "ER" — has appeared in such films as "Primary Colors," "Welcome to Mooseport," "Liar, Liar," "Instinct," "Forces of Nature" and "Scotland PA" — an updated film take on Macbeth. The actress also known for her TV work on "NewsRadio" has appeared on stage in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Bald Soprano, Baby with Bathwater, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Talking With.

David Schwimmer starred in the London premiere May 2005 at the Gielgud Theatre with a cast of women that included Saffron Burrows, Lesley Manville, Sara Powell and Catherine Tate. The "Friends" star will be otherwise employed when the show comes to the States; he makes his Broadway debut in the upcoming revival of Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.

The design team for Some Girl(s) features Neil Patel (set), Mimi O'Donnell (costume), David Weiner (lighting) and Rob Kaplowitz (sound).

The new LaBute work marks the fourth collaboration with MCC following The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here and Fat Pig. MCC also produced a one night benefit evening of LaBute plays, Autobahn. Some Girl(s) director Bonney joined the team for Fat Pig. The new work replaces the previously announced Swallowing Bicycles.

Tickets for Some Girl(s) at the Lucille Lortel, 121 Christopher Street, go on sale March 29 through (212) 279-4200. For more information on MCC, visit www.mcctheater.com.

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