By Kenneth Jones
09 Jan 2008
|Photo by Aubrey Reuben|
The actor known for Broadway's recent Little Shop of Horrors (for which he was Tony nommed), Urinetown and The Producers will play an imprisoned gay man who cherishes the work of a glamorous film actress (played by the previously announced Nastascia Diaz).
Casting has not yet been announced for the role of Valentin, Molina's revolutionary cellmate in the Latin American prison. Eric Schaeffer, artistic director of Signature Theatre, will direct the revival.
Spider Woman is one of three musicals by composer John Kander and the late lyricist Fred Ebb being staged March-June 2008 in Signature's "Kander & Ebb Celebration." The mainstage tribute will also feature productions of The Visit starring George Hearn and Chita Rivera, and The Happy Time.
Terrence McNally penned the libretto to Kiss of the Spider Woman, based on the novel by Manuel Puig. A non-musical play and film of the property also exist.
Subscriptions to the Kander & Ebb Celebration are available by calling Signature Theatre's box office at (703) 820-9771 or by visiting www.signature-theatre.org.