Frechette, Belenky and Wagner Will Join Carradine and Thomas in Laurents' New Year's Eve

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Casting is now complete for Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents' newest play, New Year's Eve, which is scheduled to begin performances at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse April 14 under the direction of George Street artistic director David Saint.

As previously announced, the production will co-star Marlo Thomas and Keith Carradine. Thomas and Carradine will be joined onstage by Walter Belenky, Peter Frechette and Natasha Gregson Wagner.

Performances of New Year's Eve will continue through May 10 with an official opening scheduled for April 17.

The play, according to the George Street website, is described as such: "What does a smart, funny star do when everything is turning into a bad joke on her?"

The production will feature the work of scenic designer James Youmans, lighting designer Joe Saint, costume designer Suzy Benzinger and sound designer Christopher J. Bailey.

Arthur Laurents, the librettist for West Side Story; Hallelujah, Baby!; Anyone Can Whistle; and Gypsy, began writing for the theatre more than 50 years ago with the play Home of the Brave. Among his other works are The Time of the Cuckoo, Jolson Sings Again and 2 Lives. Laurents received a Best Director Tony Award for the original production of La Cage aux Folles. He also directed the Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Patti LuPone revivals of Gypsy as well as Invitation to a March, I Can Get it for You Wholesale and Anyone Can Whistle. Laurents' candid autobiography, published a few years back, is titled "Original Story By." He is currently represented on Broadway with the new revival of West Side Story at the Palace Theatre. For more information visit www.georgestplayhouse.org.

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