Filmdom's Jeff Goldblum will join the cast of The Exonerated Oct. 17-Nov. 3, with Marlo Thomas and Bebe Neuwirth waiting in the wings.
Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's The Exonerated, about the experiences of former death-row inmates, directed by Bob Balaban ("Gosford Park," "Best in Show"), plays at Off-Broadway's 45 Bleecker, where it opened Oct. 10.
Goldblum, known for his roles in "The Fly," "Jurassic Park," "Independence Day" and the current "Igby Goes Down," will play the convicted, but freed Gary Gauger. Thomas, who recently starred as Jacqueline Susann in the world premiere of Paper Doll, and Neuwirth, dance diva of Chicago and the recent Funny Girl concert, will both play Sunny Jacobs, who served more than 15 years for the death of a policeman she did not kill. Thomas takes the role Nov. 5-17, while Neuwirth will perform Dec. 3-15.
As previously reported, Peter Gallagher (Guys and Dolls) and Amelia Campbell (Waiting in the Wings) will temporarily replace The Exonerated headliners Richard Dreyfuss and Sara Gilbert for performances Oct. 17-Nov. 3, coinciding with Goldblum's run.
Gallagher, last seen at the Funny Girl benefit, has appeared in Broadway's Noises Off, Long Day's Journey Into Night and The Real Thing. The actor is also known for his film work in such films as "American Beauty," "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday," "While You Were Sleeping" and "Sex, Lies, and Videotape." Gallagher plays the convicted, but innocent Kerry Max Cook, who served 22 years before he was freed. Campbell, who will play Sue Gauger, wife of former prisoner Gary Gauger and two other roles, was last seen on the New York stage in Love, Janis at Off Broadway's Village Theatre. The actress has also appeared on Broadway in The Herbal Bed, Translations, A Small Family Business and Our Country's Good.
Also in the cast are Charles Brown (Delbert Tibbs), David Brown (Robert Hayes), Bruce Kronenberg (ensemble), Phil Levy (ensemble), Curtis McClarian (David Keaton) and April Thompson (Georgia Hayes).
The Exonerated is drawn from the stories of a half-dozen former death row inmates who shared a variety of experiences and feelings with playwrights Blank and Jensen. Most described losing their faith in the justice system, while discovering that it was the resources available to a defense team that made the difference between achieving justice or experiencing a miscarriage of it.
Tickets are $55. 45 Bleecker is located at 45 Bleecker Street. For reservations, call (212) 307-4100.
— by Christine Ehren
and Ernio Hernandez