Douglas Sills Set for MTC's Moonlight and Magnolias

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Douglas Sills — who recently withdrew from the Broadway company of the new musical Monty Python's Spamalot — will head the cast of Manhattan Theatre Club's Moonlight and Magnolias.
Douglas Sills
Douglas Sills

The New York Times reports that Sills will play producer David O. Selznick in the Ron Hutchinson play about the writing of the "Gone With the Wind" screenplay. The cast will also include Matthew Arkin (screenwriter Ben Hecht), David Rasche (director Victor Fleming) and Margo Skinner (secretary Miss Poppenghul).

Manhattan Theatre Club artistic director Lynne Meadow will direct the New York premiere of Moonlight and Magnolias, which opens at City Center March 29, 2005. The play was previously seen at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

Moonlight and Magnolias is "set in Hollywood in 1939 and inspired by real events." It's "a behind-the-scenes account of the frenetic collaboration between film producer David O. Selznick, director Victor Fleming and screenwriter Ben Hecht as, in a mere five days, they struggle to write the screenplay for 'Gone With the Wind.'"

Douglas Sills recently portrayed Orin Scrivello D.D.S. in the Jerry Zaks-directed production of Little Shop of Horrors. He made his Broadway debut as Percy in Wildhorn's The Scarlet Pimpernel, earning Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations as well as a Theatre World Award for his performance. Sills starred in the Kennedy Center's mounting of A Little Night Music, the first national tours of The Secret Garden and Into the Woods and the Los Angeles premiere of Chess. A two-time Drama-Logue Award winner, the actor has appeared in numerous regional theatre productions, and his TV credits include "Murphy Brown," "Sisters," "Coach," and "Party of Five."

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