Douglas Carter Beane's Little Dog to Laugh on Broadway

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The acclaimed Douglas Carter Beane comedy The Little Dog Laughed — which recently ended an extended run at Off-Broadway's Second Stage Theatre — will head to Broadway.

The Beane comedy will arrive on Broadway during the 2006-07 season, with Roy Gabay as lead producer, production spokespersons confirmed. Julie White is expected to repeat her performance as a cutthroat agent, though no casting has been set.

"We're in the process of exploring that," director Scott Ellis first told (Jan. 2006) about the possibility of a Broadway transfer. "The biggest challenge right now is there's no theatre this season. [The thought is] in case something closes, if we get a shot at it this season, we would go in. If not, the talk is that we do it in the fall."

Ellis directed the cast of Johnny Galecki, Neal Huff, Zoe Lister-Jones and White. Performances began Dec. 13, 2005, and the show opened Jan. 9 to positive critical response, extending the run four more weeks through Feb 26.

The move will mark the second consecutive season in which the Off-Broadway troupe has transferred a production to Broadway following last season's success with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

* The Little Dog Laughed satirizes the world of tabloid gossip, Hollywood and celebrities in a story that centers around a Hollywood agent, her very up-and-coming boy-toy client, a sexy young drifter and his girlfriend.

"It's sort of the last taboo - which movie stars are gay? Because everyone sort of knows it, but no one talks about it," Beane explains about his latest work. "The last time I was in L.A. I mentioned this play to a movie producer. I said 'it's about a closeted movie star' and [the producer] literally gasped as if I said it was about a mass murderer. He said 'Oh no, oh no - don't say that - don't talk about that.'"

The design team for The Little Dog Laughed featured Allen Moyer (set) Jeff Mahshie (costumes), Donald Holder (lighting) and Lewis Flinn (sound).

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