John Stamos Becomes New Guido in Nine, Oct. 7

News   John Stamos Becomes New Guido in Nine, Oct. 7 John Stamos, who was last seen on Broadway in the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Cabaret, will replace Antonio Banderas in Nine on Broadway, Oct. 7.
John Stamos.
John Stamos. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Roundabout Tony Award-winning revival — originally scheduled as a limited run through June 29 — is currently scheduled through Jan. 4, 2004.

Stamos became known to television audiences as the beloved but cool Uncle Jesse on the sitcom "Full House." The sometime-drummer for The Beach Boys has made a name for himself on Broadway as a replacement player for Matthew Broderick in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and a 2002 summer stint as the Emcee in Cabaret.

The new David Leveaux staging of Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's Nine began at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre March 21 and opened April 10 with Banderas opposite a cast of women including Chita Rivera, Jane Krakowski, Laura Benanti and Mary Stuart Masterson.

Banderas and Krakowski will leave the staging, Oct. 5. Jenna Elfman is in discussions to replace Krakowski. Rebecca Luker (The Music Man) will begin playing Claudia Sept. 2 replacing Benanti — who leaves to star in Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour. No other replacements have been confirmed.

Banderas garnered much praise for his Broadway debut as the show's focal character Guido Contini. The actor — to be seen next in the Larry Gelbart-penned Mexican revolutionary biopic "And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself" (Sept. 7 on HBO) — will go into pre-production for the sequel to "The Mask of Zorro."

Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Nine, plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 West 49 St. Tickets are currently available for dates through Jan. 4, 2004. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.

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