Dead Accounts, Starring Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz, Begins Broadway Previews Nov. 5
By Adam Hetrick
Theresa Rebeck's black comedy Dead Accounts, starring Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz as a prodigal son who returns home to his Ohio family – and Katie Holmes as the skeptical sister who awaits him – begins Broadway previews Nov. 5 at the Music Box Theatre.
Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien (The Coast of Utopia, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray) directs the Cincinnati-set play that officially opens Nov. 29. Dead Accounts had its world premiere last winter at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.
Previews were originally scheduled to begin Nov. 3, but recovery from Hurricane Sandy forced producers to postpone the start of performances.
Butz (Speed-The-Plow, Catch Me If You Can, Wicked) stars as Jack, with Holmes ("Dawson's Creek," "Pieces of April," "The Ice Storm") as his sister Lorna. Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Follies, Well) portrays their mother, with Judy Greer ("The Descendants") in her Broadway debut as the wife of Butz's character. Josh Hamilton (The Coast of Utopia) portrays one of Butz's childhood friends.
Here's how the play is billed: "Jack's unexpected return throws his family into a frenzy, and his sister Lorna needs answers. Is he coming home or running away? Where is his wife everyone hates? And how did he get all that money? Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy tackles the timely issues of corporate greed, small town values, and whether or not your family will always welcome you back… with no questions asked."
The design team includes Tony nominee David Rockwell (scenic design), five-time Tony winner Catherine Zuber (costume design), David Weiner (lighting design) and Mark Bennett (sound design, original music).
Dead Accounts is produced by Jeffrey Finn, John N. Hart Jr., David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas, Ergo Entertainment, Harriet Leve, Double Gemini Productions and The Shubert Organization.
Rebeck was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as the co-author of Omnium Gatherum. Her plays also include Bad Dates, The Scene and The Understudy and more. She has also authored the feature films "Harriet the Spy" and "Gossip," and earned a Peabody Award for "NYPD Blue." She is the creator of the NBC musical series "Smash."
The Music Box Theatre is located at 239 West 45th Street. For tickets, visit Telecharge.com or phone (212) 239-6200.
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