Fat Pig Headed to Broadway With Dane Cook and Josh Hamilton
By Andrew Gans
Comedian Dane Cook and stage and screen star Josh Hamilton will head the cast of the Broadway debut of Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, which is scheduled to open in spring 2011 at a theatre to be announced.
Heather Provost and Aldo Scrofani will produce the Broadway run, which will be directed by playwright LaBute. The two women's roles have yet to be cast.
MCC Theater presented Fat Pig at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre in 2004. The Off-Broadway cast featured Jeremy Piven, Keri Russell, Andrew McCarthy and Ashlie Atkinson; Jo Bonney directed.
LaBute directed the show's London's incarnation.
Fat Pig, according to press notes, "tells the story of Tom (Hamilton), a very eligible bachelor who falls for the beautiful, bright and plus-sized Helen. Tom is overjoyed with his new relationship but his shallow co-workers are less enthusiastic. Tom shrugs off their objections but eventually the cruel jabs of his acerbic friend Carter (Cook) and Jeannie, a former flame, force him to question his own values and the importance of conventional good looks."
LaBute was represented on Broadway with the Tony-nominated Reasons to Be Pretty.
Josh Hamilton's New York theatre credits include A Lie of the Mind, Things We Want, The Coast of Utopia, Hurlyburly, Proof, This is our Youth, The Waverly Gallery, The Cider House Rules, As Bees in Honey Drown, Gone Home, The Violet Hour, Suburbia and Women and Wallace.
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