"Frasier" Star Joins Broadway Cast of Upcoming Twentieth Century Revival

News   "Frasier" Star Joins Broadway Cast of Upcoming Twentieth Century Revival
Actor Dan Butler, known for his television turn as radio deejay Robert "Bulldog" Briscoe on the NBC comedy "Frasier," joins the cast of the upcoming Roundabout Theatre Company Broadway revival of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's Twentieth Century.

The new staging of Twentieth Century will begin performances at the American Airlines Theatre, Feb. 27 and open March 28 for a limited run slated through May 9.

Butler joins a cast that includes Alec Baldwin (A Streetcar Named Desire), Anne Heche (Proof), Tom Aldredge (Into The Woods) and Julie Halston (Gypsy). Walter Bobbie directs the new Ken Ludwig adaptation of the play.

The Indiana native appeared in the original Broadway staging of Harold Pinter's The Hothouse and then as a replacement cast member in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues. Other stagework includes Old Money, The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me, Lisbon Traviata, Waiting for Godot and True West. Butler also appeared in such films as "Enemy of the State," "The Fan," "Silence of the Lambs," "From the Earth to the Moon," and on television in "Without a Trace," "American Dreams," "Crossing Jordan" and "Ally McBeal."

The cast of Twentieth Century also features Terry Beaver (The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Henry IV), Teagle F. Bougere (45 Seconds From Broadway), Stephen DeRosa (Into the Woods, Henry IV), Kellie Overbey (Betty's Summer Vacation), Ryan Shively (The Man Who Had All the Luck) and Jonathan Walker (The American Plan).

Twentieth Century is the 1932 comedy set aboard the title luxury train en route from Chicago to New York. In an effort to revive his failing career, a Broadway producer hops on the Twentieth Century Limited to convince a famous movie actress (who also happens to be his former protege) to sign a contract with him. First based on a play by Bruce Millholland, the show was later adapted into the 1978 Tony Award-winning musical On the Twentieth Century by Adolph Green, Betty Comden and Cy Coleman, and starring John Cullum, Madeline Kahn, Kevin Kline and Imogene Coca.

The designers include John Lee Beatty (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Peter Kaczorowski (lights) and Acme Sound Partners (sound).

Tickets to Twentieth Century at the AA Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street, are available by calling (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.

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