Jere Shea, Simon Jones Star in Roundabout's Can Tell, May 27

News   Jere Shea, Simon Jones Star in Roundabout's Can Tell, May 27 George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell will come to the Off-Broadway Laura Pels space May 27, opening June 21 for a run through Sept. 13.

George Bernard Shaw's You Never Can Tell will come to the Off-Broadway Laura Pels space May 27, opening June 21 for a run through Sept. 13.

Robert Sean Leonard stars, alongside 1997 Tony nominee Helen Carey (London Assurance) and Simon Jones, who just finished a brief run in The Herbal Bed. Jones' other New York credits include Privates on Parade and Private Lives.

Just announced are the remaining cast: Jere Shea (Passion), Charles Keating (the Roundabout's Pygmalion and Light Up The Sky), Katie Finneran, Katherine Kellner, Nicholas Kepros, Saxon Palmer and Sarah Rafferty.

Designing the comedy are Allen Moyer (set), Michael Krass (costumes), Frances Aronson (lights), and Mark Bennett (sound).

As for next season at the Roundabout, Side Man arrives June 2, opening June 25, running through the end of August in the mainstage. Most of the acclaimed Off-Broadway cast will travel to Broadway with Warren Leight's drama, though Wendy Makkena has replaced Edie Falco, who will be shooting an HBO film. Fall at the Roundabout will bring Martin Short in Little Me. Initially, the Roundabout was seeking director Walter Bobbie (Chicago) to stage the revival, but Little Me will instead be helmed by Rob Marshall, who co-directed the Roundabout's current -- and sensationally reviewed -- Cabaret revival.

Marshall told the NY Times, "[Little Me] is one of those plays that's rarely done because it has to be done for somebody. There has to be a star to build it around... We're fortunate that we still have Neil [Simon] and Cy [Coleman] with us, and they'll be working with us and tailoring it for Marty [Short]."

Short, comedy star of "SCTV," "Saturday Night Live" and the film Father of the Bride and Three Amigos, would play the roles originated by Sid Caesar and recreated in the 1980s by Victor Garber. Short's legit credits include The Goodbye Girl and Encores!' Promises, Promises.

Though the show's central character is a woman, "Belle Poitrine," all the wildly different men she meets in her highly eventful life are played by same actor, making it a tour-de-force for a male comedy performer.

1962's Little Me has music by Coleman (City of Angels, Sweet Charity, The Will Rogers Follies), lyrics by Carolyn Leigh and book by Simon.

Songs in Little Me include "I've Got Your Number," "Real Live Girl" and "Be A Performer."

Short made his Broadway debut in another Neil Simon musical, the short lived 1993 The Goodbye Girl. Other Simon plays include Proposals, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Sunshine Boys and Fools.

Other recent Roundabout musical revivals include 1776, She Loves Me and Company.

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Other plans for the Roundabout are still pending. Rumors have it the first fall show at the Laura Pels will be one-acts by Harold Pinter, which had been rumored for two seasons ago.

Spokesperson Erin Dunn told Playbill On-Line (May 15) a likely candidate "after the first of the year" will be The Lion In Winter, cancelled this past season. Lawrence Fishburne in talks to star.

Another strong candidate is Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins. Dunn confirmed that a reading of Twins was done in early winter, one that starred Annette Benning (Coastal Disturbances) and Jane Kazmarek (Kindertransport), though they are unlikely to be in the upcoming mounting. Vogel is the author of The Baltimore Waltz and How I Learned To Drive, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama Apr. 14.

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As for other current Roundabout shows, The Deep Blue Sea finishes on the mainstage May 17, Cabaret runs at the Kit Kat Klub, and A View From The Bridge plays at the Neil Simon Theatre. -- By David Lefkowitz and Robert Viagas

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