Sly Fox will have an out-of-town tryout at the Shubert Theatre in Boston. The Beantown dates are Feb. 20-March 7. Previews begin on Broadway March 12.
The involvement of Dreyfuss will mean the Oscar-winning actor's first Broadway turn since 1992's Death and the Maiden. In recent years, Dreyfuss has returned to the stage in a big way, acting in London (Prisoner of Second Avenue), Off-Broadway (The Exonerated, Trumbo) and regionally (All My Sons at the Westport Country Playhouse last summer).
Dreyfuss was recently announced to star in the London premiere of The Producers, come November. Sly Fox producers stressed that, despite Dreyfuss' fall engagement, the Gelbart show is an open-ended run.
Producer Nelle Nugent recently joined forces with Julian Schlossberg, Roy Furman, Ben Sprecher, Michael Gardner, James Fantaci, and Cheryl Lachowicz to present the show.
Sly Fox's opening date of April Fool's Day is an appropriate one. The play is based on Ben Jonson's classic comedy of greed and deception, Volpone. The play will feature set design by George Jenkins and Jesse Poleshuck, costumes by Albert Wolsky and lighting design by Phil Monat.
Sly Fox was first produced on Broadway in 1976 and went on to run 495 performances. Penn directed that production as well. George C. Scott played the lead role of Sly, with Bob Dishy as Truckle and Jack Gilford as Crouch. Dishy won a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony.
Dreyfuss has been announced to play Max in the London debut of The Producers starting Nov. 4, 2004.