And, they're Off! July 14 marks the final performance for the original cast of the acclaimed revival of Michael Frayn's Noises Off.
Patti LuPone, Peter Gallagher, Thomas McCarthy, Katie Finneran, Robin Weigert, Faith Prince, Edward Hibbert, T.R. Knight and Richard Easton are all leaving their roles in one of this season's Tony-nominated Best Play revivals.
The new company — led by Jane Curtin as the dotty Dotty Otley — begins July 16 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Joining the former star of "Saturday Night Live" are Carson Elrod (as Tim Allgood), Paul Fitzgerald (as Garry Lejeune), Kaitlin Hopkins (as Belinda Blair), John Horton (as Selsdon Mowbray), Byron Jennings (as Frederick Fellowes), Leigh Lawson (as Lloyd Dallas), Kali Rocha (as Brooke Ashton) and Mandy Siegfried (Poppy Norton Taylor).
This slightly revised version of Michael Frayn's farce began previews Oct. 16, 2001, and opened Nov. 1. Critics raved about the riotous production, especially about the performance of Katie Finneran, who portrayed the ditzy, contact-lense-losing actress Brooke Ashton. Finneran went on to win a 2002 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play (she's off to Hollywood to star in an ensemble sitcom, "Bram and Alice").
A backstage farce about a coming-apart-at-the-seams acting company, Noises Off was produced for Broadway by The Ambassador Theatre Group, Ltd., Act Productions, Ltd., Waxman/Williams, USA OSTAR Theatricals and Nederlander Presentations, Inc. It follows a London revival also directed by Jeremy Sams. The Broadway production has made its investment back. *
Jane Curtin was one of the original members of the "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" on the hit NBC late-night series "Saturday Night Live." Her subsequent TV credits include "Kate & Allie" and "Third Rock From the Sun." Most recently she appeared in the Westport Country Playhouse production of Our Town.
Jennings is a critics favorite, lauded for both his comic and dramatic turns in plays such as Waste, The Man Who Came to Dinner and The Underpants. Rocha is well schooled in playing slightly vacuous sexpots. Past credits include The Altruists and The Constant Wife.
The Brooks Atkinson is at 256 W. 47th Street. Tickets for Noises Off run $30-$75. For information, call (212) 307-4100.