Elizabeth Berkley, Bob Dishy, RenÚ Auberjonois Join Dreyfuss in Sly Fox Cast

By Robert Simonson
09 Oct 2003

Rene Auberjonois, one of the stars of the upcoming Broadway comedy Sly Fox.
Rene Auberjonois, one of the stars of the upcoming Broadway comedy Sly Fox.

Elizabeth Berkley, Bob Dishy, René Auberjonois, Bronson Pinchot and Irwin Corey will provide support to star Richard Dreyfuss in the upcoming Broadway revival of Larry Gelbart's comedy Sly Fox, set to open at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre on April 1, 2004.

As previously reported, the director is Arthur Penn and the producers are Julian Schlossberg, Roy Furman and Ben Sprecher—the team that gave Broadway the surprise success, Fortune's Fool, in spring 2002. Previews will begin in early-to-mid-March.

Dishy was Tony-nominated for his performance as Abner Truckle in the original 1976 staging of the play. He will return to that role in the current production. Since winning that nomination (his only one thus far), Dishy has returned to Broadway in such plays as Grown Ups, Cafe Crown, The Price and, most recently, Morning's at Seven.

Berkley starred opposite Eddie Izzard in the 1999 West End production of Lenny. However, she's best known as one of the stars of television's "Saved by the Bell," and for such films as "Showgirls," "Roger Dodger," "Any Given Sunday" and "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion."



Auberjonois' theatre credits stretch back to the 1960s. On Broadway, he's been seen in Coco, The Good Doctor, Big River and City of Angels. In the late '70s, he was part of a short-lived classic repertory company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. His most recent stage credit was one of his unluckiest, last season's short-lived musical Dance of the Vampires.

Bronson Pinchot, known to television viewers from "Perfect Strangers," has recently been taking an occasional Shakespearean turn at the Delacorte in Central Park, most recently as Pistol in last summer's Henry V.

Irwin Corey's greatest fame came under the guise of "Prof. Irwin Corey," a wild-haired sham intellectual who boasts he is "The World's Foremost Authority." Corey has played the role in clubs and on television for decades. The 91-year-old actor has appeared in a scattering as Broadway shows, including the musical Flahooley and the Helen Hayes vehicle Mrs. McThing. His most recent Broadway credit was the 1974 Herb Gardner play Thieves.

Sly Fox's opening date of April Fool's Day is an appropriate one. The play is based on Ben Jonson's classic comedy of greed and deception, Volpone.

As reported earlier, Richard Dreyfuss will star as conniving miser, Foxwell J. Sly. Also producing Sly Fox with Schlossberg, Furman and Sprecher are Michael Gardener and James Fantaci by arrangement with Andrew Braunsberg.

The involvement of Dreyfuss will mean the Oscar-winning actor's first Broadway turn since 1992's Death and the Maiden. In recent years, Dreyfuss has returned to the stage in a big way, acting in London (Prisoner of Second Avenue), Off-Broadway (The Exonerated, Trumbo) and regionally (All My Sons at the Westport Country Playhouse last summer).

The play will feature set design by George Jenkins and Jesse Poleshuck, costumes by Albert Wolsky and lighting design by Phil Monat.

Sly Fox was first produced on Broadway in 1976 and went on to run 495 performances. Penn directed that production as well. George C. Scott played the lead role of Sly, with Bob Dishy as Truckle and Jack Gilford as Crouch. Dishy won a Drama Desk Award and was nominated for a Tony.