Momentary Reprieve: Bway's Epic Proportions Stays an Extra Week, to Dec. 19

News   Momentary Reprieve: Bway's Epic Proportions Stays an Extra Week, to Dec. 19 Producers for the Broadway comedy, Epic Proportions, who earlier this week announced a closing notice for Dec. 12, will keep the show open one more week to give ticketholders a chance to see it. Instead of ending this Sunday, Proportions will finish up Dec. 19, having played 26 previews and 92 regular performances at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Producers for the Broadway comedy, Epic Proportions, who earlier this week announced a closing notice for Dec. 12, will keep the show open one more week to give ticketholders a chance to see it. Instead of ending this Sunday, Proportions will finish up Dec. 19, having played 26 previews and 92 regular performances at the Helen Hayes Theatre.

Kristin Chenoweth, Lewis J. Stadlen, Ruth Williamson and the other stars will stay with the show through the end. No word yet on what show will come into the Helen Hayes in the spring.

Chenoweth recently landed a 13-episode, NBC sitcom deal that will begin next fall. A Tony winner for You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, she also had a featured role in the recent TV musical of "Annie."

Stadlen, whose recent New York credits include A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Mizlansky/Zilinsky took over the role of D.W. DeWitt in the Broadway comedy, Epic Proportions, Oct. 29. He replaced character actor Richard B. Shull, 70, who died of a heart attack Oct. 14. The character of DeWitt is that of a distracted, cynical movie mogul in charge of a Biblical epic, but more interested in screening blue films as a way of escaping the pressures of movie making.

Stadlen, a Tony nominee for both the Forum revival and Candide, also appeared in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Olympus on my Mind and Signature Theatre's mounting of Arthur Miller's The American Clock. Larry Coen and David Crane's comedy also features a number of other actors known for their comedic work: Williamson (an alumnus of the Charles Busch stable), Alan Tudyk (Buddy, Buddy; The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told) and Ross Lehman (Forum).

The show is produced by Brent Peek, Mark Schwartz, Bob Cuillo, Bob Barandes and Matthew Farrell. Designing the show are David Gallo (set), who also designed Bunny Bunny; Paul Gallo (lighting), William Ivey Long (costumes) and Aural Fixation (sound).

A look at Hollywood during the Studio Era, Epic Proportions takes place on the set of a 1930s Biblical epic. Chenoweth, Davidson and Tudyk are three sides of a love triangle; most of the actors play "a cast of thousands."

Coen and Crane penned the script years ago (the now-defunct Manhattan Punch Line staged a version of it in 1986) but were waiting for Zaks to come available to direct. Co-author Crane is the co-creator of the TV sitcoms "Friends" and "Veronica's Closet" and serves as executive producer on "Jesse."

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