Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Mrs. Warren's Profession) is attached as director of the play about the dumb-blonde girlfriend of a corrupt businessman, and the reporter who comes between them. Judy Holliday starred in the original Broadway run and in the film version, for which she won an Academy Award. Madeline Kahn starred in the first (short-lived) Broadway revival, in 1989. The New York Times first reported the producers' spring goal on Dec. 21. Playbill.com got independent confirmation of the discussions. Spokesman Richard Kornberg declined to comment to Playbill.com.
Actor Jim Belushi (of TV's "According to Jim" and "The Defenders") and acclaimed rising actress Nina Arianda (Off-Broadway's Venus in Fur) have been mentioned for the roles of brutish Brock and gal-pal Billie Dawn, respectively. Since Arianda is catnip for critics, but not a box office draw like Belushi is, the producers would likely seek to guarantee public interest by casting a third star name for the role of Paul, the journalist who becomes a tutor to Billie, awakening her world.
Born Yesterday was one of the first major hits in post-World War II American theatre.