Galecki, Henderson, Lister-Jones Will Star in L.A. Little Dog; White to Reprise Tony Turn

By Kenneth Jones
October 16, 2008

Tony Award winner Julie White and Johnny Galecki, stars of Douglas Carter Beane's Tony Award-nominated comedy The Little Dog Laughed Off-Broadway and on, will recreate their roles in the Center Theatre Group's Los Angeles presentation of the play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre Nov. 16-Dec. 21.



White won the 2007 Best Actress Tony playing sharky talent agent Diane, who wants to keep her gay Hollywood-star client, Mitchell, in the closet. In the New York production, Galecki (TV's "Roseanne," "The Big Bang Theory") played Alex, the new lover of the star. Galecki returns to the part that won him a Theatre World Award on Broadway.

The L.A. production, again directed by Scott Ellis, opens Nov. 23.

The New York City world premiere was produced by Second Stage Theatre. The production moved to Broadway, where Tom Everett Scott played Mitchell (Neal Huff created the role Off-Broadway at Second Stage).

Also featured in the L.A. run of the satire of Hollywood personalities will be Brian Henderson (who was the Alex/Mitchell understudy on Broadway) and Zoe Lister-Jones (who created the girlfriend role of Ellen in the play's premiere at Second Stage; Ari Graynor played the role on Broadway).

According to CTG, "Julie White reprises her Tony Award-winning performance, portraying the brash, fast-talking Hollywood agent Diane, whose client (Henderson) has a chance to make it to superstar status, if only he stays in the closet. A sweet, sexy man (Galecki) enters his life and makes the ruse difficult, even as this new love interest has complications of its own — a naïve, needy girlfriend (Lister-Jones). But nothing derails Diane in her pursuit of power and money as she skillfully and hilariously manipulates all within her reach. With twists and turns that keep audiences guessing, The Little Dog Laughed cleverly reflects America's celebrity-obsessed culture."

The comedy was nominated for a 2007 Tony Award as Best Play. Beane was Tony-nominated in 2008 for Best Book, for the musical Xanadu. Among his current projects is a stage musical version of the film "The Band Wagon."

The Little Dog set design is by Allen Moyer, costume design is by Jeff Mahshie, lighting design is by Donald Holder, sound design is by Cricket S. Myers and original music is by Lewis Flynn.

Casting is by Mele Nagler, CSA, and the production stage manager is Greg Livoti.

Tickets for The Little Dog Laughed are on sale now and are available by calling (213) 628-2772, or visiting www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or the Center Theatre Group box office at the Ahmanson Theatre or two hours prior to performances at the Kirk Douglas Theatre box office.

The Kirk Douglas Theatre is located at 9820 Washington Blvd., in Culver City, CA.