Cynthia Nixon to Be Miss Jean Brodie at New Group in 2006

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"Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon will star in a new production of Jay Presson Allen's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at Off-Broadway's The New Group next year, Nixon told columnist Harry Haun.
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The play, about an overzealous teacher's fateful hold over her impressionable students, will be directed by New Group artistic director Scott Elliott. The title role has been a lucky one for actresses over the years. It won Zoe Caldwell the Tony Award in its original Broadway incarnation; Vanessa Redgrave the Olivier Award in the London production; and Maggie Smith the Oscar for the film version.

Nixon will have a busy 2005-06 season. At Manhattan Theatre Club, she will star in a Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly.

The casting of Cynthia Nixon as WASPy Sally Talley strikes a note with fans of Wilson's Talley trilogy of plays. When she was a child actress, Nixon appeared in Fifth of July in New York (and in a PBS broadcast of the play). Now she'll play a rich, plainspoken small-town girl wooed by a Jewish lad in a boathouse on her family property in Missouri.

Doug Hughes (Frozen, Doubt) will direct at the Biltmore.

Nixon's most recent theatre credits include The Women, String Fever and The Country Club.

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