"Mean Girls" Star Steps into Dog Sees God Off-Broadway

News   "Mean Girls" Star Steps into Dog Sees God Off-Broadway
Daniel Franzese, one of the stars of the recent teen flick "Mean Girls," has stepped into the role of Van in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, set to begin a commercial Off-Broadway run Sept. 8

According to a press release, star Tate Ellington, who portrayed Van, was spotted by a casting agent in Dog's original FringeNYC production and is now in Los Angeles to tape a test for a WB pilot.

Franzese was originally set to appear in the FringeNYC production but was called away for a similar reason: to begin filming of "Cruel World," a teen horror film.

The production will run until Sept. 19 at Soho Playhouse.

Dog Sees God is by Bert V. Royal and features original music by Tom Kitt (Debbie Does Dallas, the upcoming Laugh Whore). The take-off on the Charles Schulz comic strip "Peanuts" follows the story of "what happens when America’s favorite blockhead discovers that his beloved beagle has terminal rabies. A missing pen pal, an abused pianist, a pyromaniac ex-girlfriend, two drunk cheerleaders, a homophobic quarterback, a burnt out Buddhist and a drama queen sister" all fill the parody.

The cast of Dog Sees God features Michael Gladis (Fifth of July), Bridget Barkan ("Everyday People"), Karen Diconcetto (UK pop group Daphne and Celeste), Benjamin Schrader, Jay Sullivan, Melissa Picarello and Stelianie Tekmitchov. For tickets to Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street (between Sixth and Seventh Ave.), call (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.royalmultimedia.com/menu.htm.

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