Tony Winner Norbert Leo Butz Lands New Fox Pilot "Playing Chicken"

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Norbert Leo Butz — last seen on Broadway in his Tony Award-winning turn in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — has been cast in "Playing Chicken," a new Fox pilot.

The actor will play an outspoken conservative named Jake who is forced to live with his intellectual, liberal brother Tim after Jake has an accident that leaves him wheelchair bound. Sean Anders and John Gilbert Morris created the comedy for Warner Bros. Television. Recently-engaged — to his co-star in Broadway's Wicked, Michelle Federer (Anon) — the star will also appear in the upcoming film "Dan in Real Life" opposite Steve Carell, Dane Cook and fellow stage veterans Juliette Binoche, John Mahoney, Dianne Wiest, Alison Pill, Jessica Hecht, Amy Ryan and Matthew Morrison. (Butz proposed to Federer at Christmas, the actor's agent confirmed to Playbill.com; the duo met playing Fiyero and Nessarose, respectively, in the Stephen Schwartz musical.)

Butz earned his Tony Award for the musical version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the role of Freddy (played by Steve Martin in the source film). He was previously nominated for a Tony for Thou Shalt Not. Other credits for the actor include Rent, Cabaret, The Last 5 Years, Saved, Buicks as well as Juno and the Paycock.

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