Jane Krakowski Now Lead in Sweet Charity Workshop

News   Jane Krakowski Now Lead in Sweet Charity Workshop New Tony Award-winner Jane Krakowski has replaced Marisa Tomei as the title dance hostess in the current workshop for the Broadway-bound revival of Sweet Charity, a spokesman confirmed.

Jane Krakowski
Jane Krakowski

Tomei had been attached to the project since fall 2002, when the production hoped to reach Broadway in August 2003. Since then, the show has undergone several creative changes. Timothy Sheader stepped in for originally announced director Walter Bobbie, and Mark Dendy has been named as choreographer.

Krakowski is still performing on Broadway as Carla, the sensuous mistress of Antonio Banderas' Guido in Nine, which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. In the workshop, she performs opposite another Tony winner still performing on Broadway: Denis O'Hare, who plays Oscar, and won a Tony as Best Featured Actor in a Play for his standout turn as a converted baseball fan in Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out.

Tomei was recently on Broadway in the title role of Salome: The Reading.

As first reported by Playbill On-Line, Sweet Charity began a new workshop in late June. Workshop dates are June 23-July 15. Barry and Fran Weissler and Clear Channel Entertainment are the producers of the new venture.

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Sheader directed a well received mounting of the Neil Simon-Cy Coleman Dorothy Fields show at The Crucible in Sheffield, England, in late 2002. That staging was praised, as was star Anna-Jane Casey. If Sheader continues with the project, he will be the latest British director hired to pilot a major American musical revival. Over the last season, Jonathan Kent directed Man of La Mancha, David Leveaux staged Nine and Sam Mendes mounted Gypsy. All three are still running on Broadway.