Original Star Lister-Jones to Replace Graynor for Final Weeks of Little Dog Laughed

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Original Off-Broadway cast member Zoe Lister-Jones will reprise her work as Ellen for the final two weeks of Douglas Carter Beane's comedy The Little Dog Laughed on Broadway.

Lister-Jones begins Feb. 6, replacing Ari Graynor, who leaves the production for a "previously scheduled commitment," according to a production spokesperson.

Julie White, Johnny Galecki and Tom Everett Scott remain with the show, which will end its Broadway run at the Cort Theatre Feb. 18.

Scott Ellis directs the comedy that began previews Oct. 26 and opened Nov. 13 to positive response — especially for leading lady White. The show will close following the matinee performance on Feb. 18, having played 22 previews and 112 performances. The work debuted Off-Broadway last season at Second Stage. Roy Gabay and Susan Dietz, in association with Second Stage Theatre, produce.

Set in a New York City hotel room (among other places), The Little Dog Laughed satirizes the world of tabloid gossip, Hollywood and celebrities in a story that centers around a Hollywood agent who is hot on getting the film rights to a new play for her very up-and-coming boy-toy client. A sexy young drifter and his girlfriend also play into the story .

The Little Dog Laughed began performances Off-Broadway Dec. 13, 2005, and then opened Jan. 9, 2006, to positive critical response, extending the run four more weeks through Feb. 26. White and Galecki were joined Off-Broadway by Neal Huff and Zoe Lister-Jones. Both Galecki and Scott make their Broadway debuts in the production. "As a Chicago boy who can't dance or sing, I didn't have many Broadway ambitions," Galecki told Playbill.com. (For more from the cast, visit the special "The A-List" feature.) The original design team transferred to Broadway: Allen Moyer (set), Jeff Mahshie (costumes) and Donald Holder (lighting). The production features original music by Lewis Flinn.

Tickets to The Little Dog Laughed at the Cort, 138 West 48th Street, are available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information on the show, visit thelittledoglaughedonbroadway.com.

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