Jennifer Jason Leigh Joins House of Blue Leaves Cast; Previews to Begin in April at the Kerr

News   Jennifer Jason Leigh Joins House of Blue Leaves Cast; Previews to Begin in April at the Kerr
Stage and screen star Jennifer Jason Leigh will join the previously announced Ben Stiller and Edie Falco in the Broadway revival of John Guare's House of Blue Leaves.

Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh

Much-in-demand director David Cromer, best known for his Off-Broadway stagings of Adding Machine and Our Town, will direct the production, which will begin previews April 4, 2011, at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for April 25, 2011.

Scott Rudin will produce the revival.

Stiller made his Broadway and professional debut as Ronnie Shaughnessy in the 1986 Tony-winning production of The House of Blue Leaves. Now, 25 years later, he makes his first return to Broadway in the role of Artie Shaughnessy. Falco, who previously appeared on Broadway in Side Man, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune and 'night, Mother, will play Artie’s wife Bananas Shaughnessy. Leigh will play Artie’s mistress Bunny Flingus.

The play's New York City premiere was in 1971 at Off-Broadway's Truck and Warehouse Theatre. Lincoln Center Theater made a Broadway hit out of it in 1986, and the production was subsequently taped for broadcast. The LCT staging earned 1986 Tonys for performers John Mahoney and Swoosie Kurtz, director Jerry Zaks and set designer Tony Walton. It was also nominated for Best Play.

Actress Leigh has appeared on Broadway in Cabaret and Proof. She is best known for her film work, appearing in such movies as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Rush," "Single White Female," "Dolores Claiborne," "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle" and "The Anniversary Party" — which she co-wrote and co-directed with co-star Alan Cumming.

Additional casting and creative team will be announced at a later date.

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