Jim Belushi and Nina Arianda Confirmed for Broadway's Born Yesterday; Tix Now on Sale
By Kenneth Jones
The Broadway revival of Garson Kanin's 1946 comedy Born Yesterday, starring Jim Belushi and Nina Arianda, will begin performances March 31 at the Cort Theatre, the producers announced Jan. 26.
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.
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.
Tickets are $25-$120 and may be purchased by visiting www.telecharge.com or by phoning (212) 239-6200 or (800) 432-7250. For more information about Born Yesterday, visit ww.BornYesterdayOnBroadway.com.
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