NYC Premiere of Rebeck's The Understudy to Star Julie White

News   NYC Premiere of Rebeck's The Understudy to Star Julie White Tony Award winner Julie White — the charismatic star of The Little Dog Laughed who is currently appearing in the Public Theater's production of Twelfth Night — will head the cast of the fall New York City premiere of Theresa Rebeck's The Understudy for Roundabout Theatre Company at its Off-Broadway venue, the Laura Pels Theatre.
Julie White
Julie White Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Performances will begin Oct. 9 toward an opening of Nov. 5. Roundabout associate artistic director Scott Ellis (Twelve Angry Men, Streamers, Entertaining Mr. Sloane) will direct the comedy. Additional casting will be announced.

The Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre is located at 111 West 46th Street. The Tin Pan Alley Rag is currently playing there.

Here's how Roundabout bills the play: "Box office heroes and washed-up has-beens take heed: the play's almost the thing. In this bitingly witty and entertaining comedy by Theresa Rebeck (Mauritius), the lights of Broadway cast an affectionate glow over this look at one of the most notorious roles in the theatre: the understudy."

White will play Roxanne, a stage manager character.

The design team will include Alexander Dodge (sets), Tom Broecker (costumes), Kenneth Posner (lights) and Obadiah Eaves (original music and sound). White received the Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Little Dog Laughed. She also received an Obie Award and nominations from the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel Awards, Outer Critics Circle and the Drama League for this performance. She recently starred on stage in From Up Here (Drama Desk, Drama League nominations) at Manhattan Theatre Club. Her other New York stage appearances include Fiction at The Roundabout, The Heidi Chronicles, Dinner With Friends, Barbra's Wedding and also Bad Dates, Spike Heels and The Family of Man all by Theresa Rebeck. Her TV credits include "Cavemen," guest starring as Mitzi Dalton Huntley on HBO's "Six Feet Under," a series regular on "Grace Under Fire," "The Heidi Chronicles" and more.

Film credits include the upcoming "Transformers 2," "The Astronaut Farmer," "Michael Clayton," "The Nanny Diaries," "Transformers," "War of the Worlds," "Slap Her, She's French," "Breaking Upwards" and "Sunday on the Rocks."

Rebeck has written for television, film, theatre and books. She is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author (Omnium Gathrum) whose works for the stage include Our House (recently seen at Playwrights Horizons), The Scene, The Water's Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels, all at Second Stage; Bad Dates and The Butterfly Collection at Playwrights Horizons; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Omnium Gatherum (co-written, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003) was featured at the Humana Festival, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre.

The Understudy had its world premiere in July 2008 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, directed by Scott Ellis.

Tickets will be available beginning June 24 by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46th Street).

Ticket prices range from $70-$80.

The Understudy will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.