Odets' Country Girl, Directed by Nichols, Will Arrive on Broadway in 2008

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Mike Nichols, the Tony-winning director of Monty Python's Spamalot, will direct a Broadway revival of Clifford Odets' The Country Girl.
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A casting notice reveals that rehearsals for the 1950 drama will begin in January 2008 with an opening later this season; no theatre or dates have been announced.

The New York Post previously reported that likely for the leads of Country Girl are two Academy Award winners: Morgan Freeman as the alcoholic actor Frank Elgin and Frances McDormand as Elgin's wife Georgie. The casting notice says the lead roles of Frank and Georgie as well as Bernie Dodd have been cast but does not specify who will be in those roles.

Ostar Enterprises will produce the Broadway run of the play, a backstage drama about an alcoholic actor attempting a comeback.

Actors are being sought for the roles of Phil Cook, Paul Unger, Nancy, Larry and Ralph.

The Country Girl bowed on Broadway in November 1950 at the Lyceum Theatre. The original cast featured Paul Kelly as Frank Elgin with Uta Hagen as Georgie Elgin. Hagen won a Tony Award for her performance; Boris Aronson's scenic design was also honored with a Tony.

Mike Nichols received an Academy Award for Best Director for the 1968 classic "The Graduate." He was also Oscar-nominated for Best Director for his work on "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Silkwood" and "Working Girl." On Broadway, Nichols received Tony Awards for directing Monty Python's Spamalot, The Real Thing, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Plaza Suite, Barefoot in the Park and Luv and The Odd Couple.

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