When Kathleen Turner leaves her role as the infamous Mrs. Robinson in Broadway's The Graduate, Lorraine Bracco will be the next actress to bare all eight times a week at the Plymouth Theatre. Gossip columnist Liz Smith reported the news Sept. 13. Bracco, a three-time Emmy Award nominee for her role as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the hit HBO series "The Sopranos," will join the cast after Turner departs Nov. 17. This will mark the Broadway debut for the actress, who also received an Academy Award nomination for her work in "Goodfellas." Bracco's other screen credits include roles in "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues," "Silent Cradle," "Riding in Cars with Boys" and "Tangled."
In related news, former "Dallas" star Linda Gray will step in for Kathleen Turner during Turner's vacation from the play, which co-stars "American Pie" actor Jason Biggs. Gray, who will also be making her Main Stem bow, will portray Mrs. Robinson from Sept. 17 to Sept. 22. Gray performed the role in the show's London engagement — her West End debut — from Oct. 1, 2001 to Jan. 19, 2002.
Set in California in the 1960's, The Graduate — based on the classic film of the same name — plays The Plymouth Theatre (236 W. 45th Street). Tickets — ranging from $21.25 to $81.25 — are available through Telecharge by calling (212) 239-6200.