Tony Winner Butz to Join Marvel in Weller's Fifty Words Off-Broadway

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Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz will join the previously announced Elizabeth Marvel in the world premiere of Michael Weller's Fifty Words Off-Broadway for MCC Theatre.
Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz

Austin Pendleton will direct the work slated to begin previews Sept. 10 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre and open Sept. 28. The limited run is currently scheduled through Oct. 25. Last seen on Broadway in Mark Twain's Is He Dead?, the actor earned his Tony Award for his work in 2005's Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. A co-star in the film "Dan in Real Life," Butz has also starred on Broadway in Wicked, Cabaret, Thou Shalt Not and Rent as well as Off-Broadway in Buicks and the musical The Last Five Years

He joins recent Top Girls star Marvel in the two-character piece described in press notes as follows: "Something's gone very wrong behind the idyllic façade of Jan and Adam's Brooklyn brownstone. At 9:10 PM, they're reveling in the freedom of having waved off their young son, Greg, to a neighborhood sleepover. By 9:15 PM, they're both in tears. By 9:25 PM, things are way past tears."

Marvel has also appeared in Seascape, An American Daughter, Taking Sides and The Seagull as well as Off-Broadway in Almost an Evening, Dark Matters, A Streetcar Named Desire, Shopping and Fucking and her Obie Award-winning turn in Hedda Gabler.

Weller is known for his plays Loose Ends, Moonchildren, What the Night is For as well as for the book for the musical Zhivago. Actor-director Pendleton (Orson's Shadow, "My Cousin Vinny") will stage the work.

Fifty Words will open the season for MCC which continues with Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon (Jan. 14-Feb. 28, 2009) and the musical Coraline (May 6-June 20, 2009), featuring music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt and a book by David Greenspan based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.

Tickets to Fifty Words at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, are currently available by subscription at (212) 279-4200. For more information visit

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