"Just Shoot Me" Actress Will Star in Off-Broadway Comedy Burleigh Grimes

News   "Just Shoot Me" Actress Will Star in Off-Broadway Comedy Burleigh Grimes
Wendie Malick, the salty fashion editor of NBC's sitcom "Just Shoot Me," will star in Off-Broadway's Burleigh Grimes, Roger Kirby's comedy about capitalism in America.

David Warren directs the production, which opens June 13 at New World Stages (formerly Dodger Stages) on West 50th Street. Previews begin May 23.

The staging is sweetened by original music by Tony Award nominee David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). The music is performed by a live, on-stage band.

"Set in a world where no bad deed goes unrewarded, Burleigh Grimes examines the overwhelming force of capitalism in America," according to the producers. "In an arena where the naïve and sentimental face ruin, Burleigh Grimes, a hard-driving Wall Street powerhouse, may not be entirely sincere in appearance or agenda. With a manipulative hand and flexible business tactics, Grimes is a man of infinite calculation and relentless purpose, further assisted in his financial schemes by media maven Elizabeth Bigley (played by Malick)."

Casting for the title role will be announced shortly. The company will also include James Badge Dale ("24") as George Radbourn, Ashley Williams ("Huff," "Good Morning Miami") as Grace Redding, Nancy Anderson (Fanny Hill) as The Wife Jason Antoon (Contact) as Hap and John Lavelle (The Graduate) as Buck.

For seven seasons, Malick starred as fashion editor Nina Van Horn on "Just Shoot Me." She earned a Golden Globe and two Emmy Award nominations. In 2005, she joined the cast of NBC's "Frasier" for its final season, and most recently appeared opposite John Stamos in the ABC series "Jake in Progress." She made her New York stage debut as Shimma in Israel Horowitz's North Shore Fish, a role she later reprised for the television movie adaptation. The creative team for Burleigh Grimes includes set designer Jim Youmans, costume designer Gregory Gale, lighting designer Jeff Croiter, sound designer Peter Fitzgerald and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler.

The New York premiere of Burleigh Grimes is presented by Lewis Productions.

Performances play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM and Sunday evenings at 7 PM, with matinees on Saturday at 2 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.

Tickets are $70 each and are now available through Telecharge.com at (212) 239-6200.

Visit Burleigh Grimes on the web at www.BurleighGrimes.com.

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