Gelbart-Dreyfuss Sly Fox to Open at Barrymore Theatre on April 1

News   Gelbart-Dreyfuss Sly Fox to Open at Barrymore Theatre on April 1
Director Arthur Penn and producers Julian Schlossberg, Roy Furman and Ben Sprecher—the team that gave Broadway the surprise success, Fortune's Fool, in spring 2002—will bring Larry Gelbart's comedy Sly Fox to Broadway's Barrymore Theatre on April 1, 2004. Previews will begin in early-to-mid-March.

The opening date of April Fool's Day is an appropriate one. Sly Fox is based on Ben Jonson's classic comedy of greed and deception, Volpone.

As reported earlier, Richard Dreyfuss will star as conniving miser, Foxwell J. Sly. No other casting has been established. Also producing Sly Fox with Schlossberg, Furman and Sprecher are Michael Gardener and James Fantaci by arrangement with Andrew Braunsberg.

The involvement of Dreyfuss will mean the Oscar-winning actor's first Broadway turn since 1992's Death and the Maiden. In recent years, Dreyfuss has returned to the stage in a big way, acting in London (Prisoner of Second Avenue), Off-Broadway (The Exonerated, Trumbo) and regionally (All My Sons at the Westport Country Playhouse last summer).

The play will feature set design by Jesse Poleshuck, costumes by Albert Wolsky and lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski.

Sly Fox was first produced on Broadway in 1976 and went on to run 495 performances. Penn directed that production as well. George C. Scott played the lead role of Sly, with Bob Dishy as Truckle and Jack Gilford as Crouch. Dishy won a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony.

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