Paul Rudnick’s Big Night, Starring Wendie Malick, Opens in L.A. Sept. 16

Los Angeles News   Paul Rudnick’s Big Night, Starring Wendie Malick, Opens in L.A. Sept. 16
 
Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie directs the world-premiere production of Rudnick’s Hollywood-set comedy that plays The Center Theatre Group.
Wendie Malick, Brian Hutchison and Luke Macfarlane in the world premiere of <i>Big Night</i>
Wendie Malick, Brian Hutchison and Luke Macfarlane in the world premiere of Big Night Craig Schwartz

Emmy Award nominee Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me, Hot in Cleveland) stars in the world premiere of Paul Rudnick’s new Hollywood-set comedy Big Night, which officially opens in Los Angeles September 16.

Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Bright Star) directs the premiere that began September 10.

In addition to Malick, the cast features Max Jenkins (The Mysteries of Laura), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters), Tom Phelan (Hir, The Fosters), and Brian Hutchison (Smokefall).

The new play from Jeffrey and In & Out writer Rudnick centers on an Academy Award-nominated actor whose friends and family create chaos on Oscar night.

Flip through rehearsal photos below:

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.

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(Updated September 16, 2017)

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