The comedy, which played Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre in 2005-06, will bark anew on Broadway with an opening slated for Nov. 13. Roy Gabay and Susan Dietz in association with Second Stage Theatre present the work.
Original cast members Julie White (acclaimed for her broad and incisive work as a Hollywood star's voracious agent) and Johnny Galecki (who plays a young hustler who connects with the star) will be joined by Scott — who assumes the role of the star, previously played by Neal Huff. The fourth role of Ellen (played Off Broadway by Zoe Lister-Jones) is still to be cast.
Scott currently stars in the new TNT series "Saved." The actor — known for his TV and film work on "Grace Under Fire," "ER" and "That Thing You Do!" — will make his Broadway debut in the Beane work. On stage, he has appeared in Dead End (Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theater), Turnaround (opposite David Schwimmer and Jonathan Silverman at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood) and in New York runs of Touch and Beane's The Country Club.
Director Scott Ellis first told Playbill.com (January 2006) about the possibility of a Broadway transfer. "The biggest challenge right now is there's no theatre this season. [The thought is] in case something closes, if we get a shot at it this season, we would go in. If not, the talk is that we do it in the fall."
* The Little Dog Laughed satirizes the world of tabloid gossip, Hollywood and celebrities in a story that centers around a Hollywood agent, her very up-and-coming boy-toy client, a sexy young drifter and his girlfriend.
"It's sort of the last taboo — which movie stars are gay? Because everyone sort of knows it, but no one talks about it," Beane explains about his latest work. "The last time I was in L.A. I mentioned this play to a movie producer. I said 'it's about a closeted movie star' and [the producer] literally gasped as if I said it was about a mass murderer. He said 'Oh no, oh no — don't say that — don't talk about that.'"
The Little Dog Laughed began performances Off-Broadway Dec. 13, 2005 and the opened Jan. 9 to positive critical response, extending the run four more weeks through Feb. 26, 2006.
The original design team transfers 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 48 Street, will be available by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information on the show, visit secondstagetheatre.com/littledog.