John Stamos, Eartha Kitt and Marni Nixon Join Broadway's Nine, Oct. 7

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John Stamos, Eartha Kitt and Marni Nixon will join the cast of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning revival of Nine, Oct. 7.
John Stamos.
John Stamos. Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Jenna Elfman, who was scheduled to replace Jane Krakowski with the new cast, will join the production at a later date (director David Leveaux wanted her to have as much rehearsal as the other newcomers got, according to a statement). The aforementioned threesome replace Antonio Banderas, Chita Rivera and Mary Beth Peil who exited the Maury Yeston-Arthur Kopit musical Oct. 5.

Stamos became known to television audiences as the beloved and hip 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.

Singer-actress Kitt has appeared on Broadway in Bal Negre, Leonard Silliman's New Faces of 1952, Mrs. Patterson, Shinbone Alley, Jolly's Progress, and earned Tony Award nominations for her performances in Timbuktu! and The Wild Party. Her screen credits include the 1965 drama "I Spy" and purring as Catwoman for the 1960's television series "Batman."

Nixon has provided the singing voice to many movie musicals for Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn in the films "The King and I," "West Side Story" and "My Fair Lady," respectively. She has appeared on Broadway in The Girl in Pink Tights, James Joyce's The Dead and Follies and Off-Broadway in Opal and Taking My Turn.

The new David Leveaux staging of Nine began at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre March 21 and opened April 10. The show was originally scheduled for a limited run through June 29 and is now slated to end Jan. 4, 2004.

Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Nine, plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, 230 West 49 St. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.

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