The Roundabout Theatre Company have announced a Nov. 11, opening for their Broadway revival of The Rainmaker starring Woody Harrelson ("EdTV") at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
In the N. Richard Nash play, Harrelson will star as Starbuck, the handsome conman who drifts into a small town during a drought and changes the lives of the townspeople. Jayne Atkinson (Lincoln Center's Ivanov, How I Learned to Drive) will play Lizzie Curry, a spinster who falls in love with Starbuck and the promise he brings. Nash's play is also the basis for the Jones Schmidt musical, 110 in the Shade.
Though The Atkinson is not a usual venue for The Roundabout, the company must produce outside their own spaces since they lost their Broadway home at The Criterion Center. The company plans on moving into Broadway's Selwyn Theatre, as soon as renovations are complete.
Scott Ellis (1776, Steel Pier) will direct the revival, after helming a production of the play at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last summer. The Williamstown production also featured Atkinson as Lizzie.
Harrelson first caught the public eye, when he joined the cast of television's "Cheers," as the naive bartender Woody. Since that time, Harrelson has starred in several movies -- successfully breaking the association of him with his "Cheers" character -- including: "People vs. Larry Flint," "Natural Born Killers," "Kingpin," "The Hi-Lo Country," "The Money Train" and "White Men Can't Jump".