Roundabout's Howard Katz to Open a Week Earlier Off-Broadway

News   Roundabout's Howard Katz to Open a Week Earlier Off-Broadway The upcoming Off-Broadway American premiere of Patrick Marber's Howard Katz starring Alfred Molina will push up its opening night, since Prelude to a Kiss will open for the Roundabout Theatre Company March 8.

Tony Award winner Doug Hughes directs the Roundabout Theatre Company presentation of Howard Katz, which will also star Alvin Epstein, Elizabeth Franz, Jessica Hecht and Euan Morton.

The show, which begins Feb. 2, was originally announced to open March 8 at the Laura Pels Theater for a limited run through May 6. The opening has now been changed to March 1.

Told through a series of flashbacks, Howard Katz centers on the downward spiral of the eponymous cutthroat talent agent whose life has taken a turn for the worse. Marber directed the world premiere of his work in June 2001 at London's National Theater's Cottesloe space.

Alfred Molina (Fiddler on the Roof, Art) leads the cast in the title role opposite Max Baker (Mother Courage), Alvin Epstein (Waiting for Godot), Elizabeth Franz (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Tony Award winner for Death of a Salesman), Jessica Hecht (After the Fall), Patrick Henney (Beauty and the Beast), Edward Hajj ( East is East), Euan Morton (Taboo) and Charlotte Parry (The Importance of Being Earnest).

The design team includes Scott Pask (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lights) and David Van Tieghem (sound) — who also provides original music. Tickets to Howard Katz at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street) will be available in December by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or online at roundabouttheatre.org.