Len Cariou, who brings with him the weight of past productions of Shakespeare and Sweeney Todd, will play the math genius father in Broadway's smash play, Proof, beginning July 2.
The casting was confirmed June 7. Cariou plays Robert, a math professor whose mental illness shatters his career and family. An entirely new cast begins July 2 under the direction of Daniel Sullivan, who won a Tony Award helming the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn.
Previously announced as newcomers to the Walter Kerr Theatre are Anne Heche as Catherine, the daughter who may have inherited his gift (and illness), Kate Jennings Grant as older sister Claire and Neil Patrick Harris as math student and suitor, Hal.
Cariou's most recent Broadway turn was as a bitter husband in Neil Simon's The Dinner Party. He won a Tony Award for the title role in Sweeney Todd and was Tony nommed for Applause and A Little Night Music. His credits include works at the famed Stratford Festival in Ontario.
Harris, known for TV's "Doogie Howser, M.D." and as a concertizing Toby in the 2000 New York Philharmonic concert of Sweeney Todd (to say nothing of his work as Mark in the West Coast Rent). Grant was seen in the Encores! concert of Bloomer Girl, on tour in Finian's Rainbow and in Off Broadway's Summer of '42. The current Broadway cast, including Jennifer Jason Leigh as Catherine, Seana Kofoed as Claire, Patrick Tovatt as Robert and Josh Hamilton as Hal, continues to June 30.
Anne Heche admitted struggling with mental turbulence in her 2001 memoir, "Call Me Crazy," will play the mentally frazzled Catherine in the Pulitzer Prize-winning smash.
Heche will be making her Broadway debut as the troubled daughter of a math genius who may or may not have inherited his mental illness.
Mary-Louise Parker (Prelude to a Kiss, "Fried Green Tomatoes") created the central role in the David Auburn play when it began Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club May 23, 2000. She won the Best Actress Tony when it moved to the Walter Kerr Theatre in 2000-2001, and Auburn picked up the Best Play Tony Award and the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Jennifer Jason Leigh ("The Anniversary Party," Cabaret on Broadway) took over the role of Catherine in September 2001. Larry Bryggman created the role of the father on Broadway.
Heche's most high profile role may have been in the Harrison Ford picture, "Six Days Seven Nights," and she became widely known for having been Ellen DeGeneres' partner and for a very public breakdown, which she chronicled in her memoir, "Call Me Crazy."
Heche recently appeared in "John Q.," opposite Denzel Washington and will be seen in "Prozac Nation," with Christina Ricci, due out early next year. Recent film credits include "Auggie Rose," "The Third Miracle" and Gus Van Zant's update of "Psycho." She won The National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress for Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog." She starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in "Volcano" and achieved critical acclaim for "Donnie Brasco." Her films also include "The Juror," "Walking and Talking," "The Wild Side," "Twist of Fate," "Pie in the Sky," "Milk Money," "The Investigator" and "I'll Do Anything." She won an Emmy Award for her television debut on "Another World," and recently appeared in a multi-episode story arc on "Ally McBeal."
The Proof national tour, led by Chelsea Altman and Robert Foxworth, with Stephen Kunken and Tasha Lawrence, play through June 16 at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills, CA, and June 18-23 at the Auditorium Theatre in Denver before shuttering. Regional theatres are already starting to produce resident productions of the work, and it's expected to be one of the most-produced plays of the decade.
Proof is produced on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, artistic director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer), Roger Berlind, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Jujamcyn Theatres, Ostar Enterprises, Inc., Daryl Roth and Stuart Thompson.
The Walter Kerr Theatre is at 219 West 48th Street. Tickets are $24-$75. Call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200.