Emmy Award nominee Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me, Hot in Cleveland) will star in the world premiere of Paul Rudnick’s new Hollywood-set comedy Big Night, which begins previews September 10 at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.
In addition to Malick, the cast will feature Max Jenkins (The Mysteries of Laura), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters), Tom Phelan (Hir, The Fosters), and Brian Hutchison (Smokefall).
The new show from Jeffrey playwright Rudnick centers on an Academy Award-nominated actor whose friends and family create chaos on Oscar night.
Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Bright Star) directs the comedy that officially opens September 17 at CTG’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.
According to CTG, “It is the night of the Oscars and a working actor turned Oscar nominee knows that his life is about to change – he just doesn’t know how profoundly. His transgender nephew has plans for his speech, his young agent has plans for his future, his unstoppable mother has plans for the catering and his partner is nowhere to be found. Master satirist Paul Rudnick blends a deep humanity with a honed sense of hilarity in this powerful and funny play about family and fame, the personal and the political, and the drive to stand up and speak out.”
The creative team includes set designer John Lee Beatty, costume designer William Ivey Long, and lighting designer Ken Billington. Casting is by James Calleri, CSA and Paul Davis, CSA. Brooke Baldwin is the production stage manager.
Tickets are available online at CenterTheatreGroup.org, or by calling (213) 628-2772.