By Kenneth Jones
26 Jan 2011
Belushi (TV's "The Defenders" and "According to Jim") and Arianda (acclaimed for Off-Broadway's Venus in Fur) had been rumored to play Brock and Billie, respectively, but this is the first confirmation of their casting. Additional casting will be announced.
Opening night is set for April 24. Tony Award winner Doug Hughes directs the classic play about a dumb blonde who expands herself with the help of a reporter hired to tutor her.
The producers include Philip Morgaman, Frankie J. Grande, Anne & Vincent Caruso and James P. MacGilvray.
Producers Morgaman and Grande were attached to the yearlong 2009-10 Kanin celebration that resulted in Off-Broadway presentations of Kanin's plays Dreyfus in Rehearsal (July 2009) and Remembering Mr. Maugham (March 2010).
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Born Yesterday, one of the first commercial theatrical hits in post-World War II America, focuses on Billie Dawn, the dumb-blonde girlfriend of Harry Brock, a corrupt businessman. Brock hires Paul Verrall, a New Republic reporter, to smarten her up. 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.
Garson Kanin (1912-1999) might be best known as the writer and director of Born Yesterday. With Ruth Gordon, whom he married in 1942, he wrote the Academy-Award nominated screenplays "A Double Life," "Adam's Rib" and "Pat and Mike." Kanin was also a novelist and memoirist. His books include "Smash," "Hollywood" and "Tracy and Hepburn." Gordon died in 1985, and Kanin married Marian Seldes in 1990. He died at his home in New York in 1999. Visit www.garsonkanin.com.