Theresa Rebeck's Dead Accounts, With Norbert Leo Butz and Katie Holmes as Siblings, Opens On Broadway

News   Theresa Rebeck's Dead Accounts, With Norbert Leo Butz and Katie Holmes as Siblings, Opens On Broadway
Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz and Katie Holmes co-star in the Broadway premiere of Theresa Rebeck's new black comedy Dead Accounts – about an Ohio family whose prodigal son returns flush with money and secrets – which officially opens on Broadway Nov. 29 at the Music Box Theatre.

Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien (The Coast of Utopia, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray) directs the Cincinnati-set play that began previews Nov. 5. The work had its world premiere last winter at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

Butz (Speed-The-Plow, Catch Me If You Can, Wicked) stars as Jack, with Holmes ("Dawson's Creek," "Pieces of April," "The Ice Storm") as his skeptical sister Lorna.

"What I love about this play is how Theresa very simply presents our two characters," Holmes told Playbill in a recent interview. "The stuff that we converse about in the play starts off like no big deal, and that's how sibling relationships are. You're not always hitting each other, you're not always hugging..."

"I loved the play, I really did," Butz added. "It's about a big, noisy, complicated Midwestern family — Catholic, which is my story — and it's so full of true warmth and sentiment, without becoming sentimental. Theresa Rebeck is a writer who really loves her characters and writes them with tremendous depth and care.

Read the full Playbill interview here.

Norbert Leo Butz
photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Award nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Follies, Well) portrays their mother, with Judy Greer ("The Descendants") in her Broadway debut as the wife of Butz's character. Josh Hamilton (The Coast of Utopia) portrays one of Butz's childhood friends. 

Here's how the play is billed: "Jack's unexpected return throws his family into a frenzy, and his sister Lorna needs answers. Is he coming home or running away? Where is his wife everyone hates? And how did he get all that money? Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy tackles the timely issues of corporate greed, small town values, and whether or not your family will always welcome you back… with no questions asked."

The design team includes Tony nominee David Rockwell (scenic design), five-time Tony winner Catherine Zuber (costume design), David Weiner (lighting design) and Mark Bennett (sound design, original music).

Dead Accounts is produced by Jeffrey Finn, John N. Hart Jr., David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas, Ergo Entertainment, Harriet Newman Leve, Double Gemini Productions, 3toGo Entertainment and The Shubert Organization.

Rebeck was a Pulitzer Prize finalist as the co-author of Omnium Gatherum. Her plays also include Bad Dates, The Scene and The Understudy and more. She has also authored the feature films "Harriet the Spy" and "Gossip," and earned a Peabody Award for "NYPD Blue." She is the creator of the NBC musical series "Smash."

The Music Box Theatre is located at 239 West 45th Street. For tickets, visit or phone (212) 239-6200.


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