Morton, Franz and More to Join Molina in Marber's Howard Katz Off-Broadway

News   Morton, Franz and More to Join Molina in Marber's Howard Katz Off-Broadway
Alvin Epstein, Elizabeth Franz, Jessica Hecht, Euan Morton and more will join Alfred Molina Off-Broadway in the upcoming American premiere of Patrick Marber's Howard Katz.

Tony Award winner Doug Hughes directs the Roundabout Theatre Company presentation, which begins Feb. 2, 2007, at the Laura Pels Theater. The show will open March 8 for a limited run through May 6.

Told through a series of flashbacks, Howard Katz centers on the downward spiral of the eponymous cutthroat talent agent whose life has taken a turn for the worse. Marber directed the world premiere of his work in June 2001 at London's National Theater's Cottesloe space.

Alfred Molina leads the cast in the title role opposite Max Baker (Mother Courage), Kristen Bush (A Touch of the Poet), Alvin Epstein (Waiting for Godot), Elizabeth Franz (Brighton Beach Memoirs, Tony Award winner for Death of a Salesman), Jessica Hecht (After the Fall), Patrick Henney (Beauty and the Beast), Edward Hajj ( East is East) and Euan Morton (Taboo).

Molina last appeared in The Cherry Orchard with Annette Bening at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. The London-born actor — who appeared in "The Da Vinci Code" and "Spider-Man 2" — made his Broadway debut in the 1998 Tony Award-winning play Art opposite Alan Alda and Victor Garber. He returned to Broadway in 2004 to tackle the role of Tevye in the new David Leveaux staging of Fiddler on the Roof.

The design team includes Scott Pask (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Christopher Akerlind (lights) and David Van Tieghem (sound) — who also provides original music. London scribe Marber is known for his stageplays, including Closer (which he adapted for the recent film), Dealer's Choice and After Miss Julie. He also adapted Patrick McGrath's "Asylum" and Zoe Heller's "Notes on a Scandal" for the screen.

Hughes won the Tony for his direction of Doubt. He has previously staged Jon Robin Baitz's The Paris Letter and Stephen Belber's McReele at the Roundabout's Off-Broadway home, the Laura Pels Theatre. Other credits include Frozen, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way and Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet.

Tickets to Howard Katz at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street) will be available in December by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212) 719-1300 or online at

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