Brendan Fraser, Denis O'Hare and Richard Easton to Star in Broadway's Elling

News   Brendan Fraser, Denis O'Hare and Richard Easton to Star in Broadway's Elling
Film star Brendan Fraser will make his Broadway debut this fall in the Simon Bent play Elling.

Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser

The play, which was previously seen in London, will be mounted in New York at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Previews will begin Nov. 2 with an official opening scheduled for Nov. 21.

The Broadway production will be directed by Doubt's Doug Hughes and will also feature Tony winners Denis O'Hare and Richard Easton as well as Jennifer Coolidge ("A Mighty Wind," "Best in Show").

"Set in the current day," Elling, according to press notes, "is a comedy about a wildly mismatched pair of roommates trying to embrace life, love, friendship, pizza, poetry and women." O'Hare will play obsessive/compulsive Elling with Fraser as the wildly enthusiastic gentle giant Kjell, Coolidge as Reidun, the object of Kjell's affection, and Easton as Alfons, Elling's unlikely poet mentor.

The Broadway mounting will be produced by Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group, Bob Bartner, Bill Kenwright John O’Boyle, Deborah Taylor, Burnt Umber Bill Ballard/David Mirvish, Finola Dwyer, David Parfitt, Ronnie Planalp, and Michael David in association with Bob Boyett.

Brendan Fraser has been seen on screen in "Gods and Monsters," "Crash," "The Mummy," "Dudley Do-Right" and more.

Denis O'Hare received a 2004 Tony nomination for his work as Charles Guiteau in the Tony-winning revival of Assassins. He won the Tony for his performance in Take Me Out. O'Hare's other Broadway credits include Inherit the Wind, Sweet Charity, Major Barbara, Cabaret and Racing Demon.

Richard Easton's numerous Broadway credits include a Tony-winning turn in The Invention of Love.

Jennifer Coolidge appeared on Broadway in a revival of The Women.

Additional casting, the design team and ticket information will be announced shortly.

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