By Robert Simonson
19 Dec 2003
Stoltz, a dependable presence in commercial and independent films for more than a decade, will star as Simon Able, the servant of Richard Dreyfuss's conniving miser, Foxwell J. Sly. Stoltz's many filmic credits include "Pulp Fiction," "Kicking and Screaming," "Mask," "Little Women," "Rob Roy," "Say Anything," "Jerry McGuire" and "The House of Mirth." Stoltz made an impressive turn as the George of Gregory Mosher's 1988 Broadway Our Town. He later returned in Two Shakespearean Actors and Three Sisters. Off-Broadway, he has acted in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Sly Fox will have an out-of-town tryout at the Shubert Theatre in Boston. The Beantown dates are Feb. 20-March 7. Previews begin on Broadway March 12. Joining star Richard Dreyfuss will be Elizabeth Berkley, Bob Dishy, René Auberjonois, Bronson Pinchot, Irwin Corey, Peter Scolari, Rachel York and Nick Wyman.
Dreyfuss was recently announced to star in the London premiere of The Producers, come November. Sly Fox producers stressed that, despite Dreyfuss' fall engagement, the Gelbart show is an open-ended run.
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.
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).
Scolari, known from the sitcoms "Bosom Buddies" and "Newhart," recently played opposite Harvey Fierstein for a brief time in Broadway's Hairspray. York is well-remembered for her dumb blonde turn in Broadway's Victor/Victoria, which many observers hailed as the best performance in that Julie Andrews musical.
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.
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.
Dreyfuss has been announced to play Max in the London debut of The Producers starting Nov. 4, 2004.