Smart ("Designing Women") was originally set to portray Arlene, the mother of a young gay man at the center of the story. White (The Little Dog Laughed, The Understudy) will take over the role for Smart, who had to bow out after breaking her foot.
Also newly cast are Sam McMurray ("State of the Nation," "Christmas Vacation") as Butch and Jeremy Webb (The Visit, The Glorious Ones) as Brandon, who join original New York Next Fall cast members Patrick Breen, Patrick Heusinger and Maddie Corman.
Breen (The Normal Heart) plays Adam, opposite Heusinger as his partner Luke. Corman portrays best gal-pal Holly. Breen, Heusinger and Corman were all part of the 2009 Off-Broadway world premiere of Next Fall and repeated their work uptown when the play transferred to Broadway in 2010. It received a 2010 Tony Award nomination for Best Play.
Bart DeLorenzo will stage the production that will run Jan. 19-22 at UCLA's James Bridges Theater.
Here's how LATW bills Next Fall: "Two men in love, two parents in denial, and two friends on speed dial. Luke believes in God, while Adam believes in everything else. When an accident changes everything, Adam must turn to Luke's family and friends for support… and answers." All LATW performances are recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."
For more information visit latw.org. The James Bridges Theater is located in Melnitz Hall at 235 Charles E. Young Dr., Los Angeles, CA.