Film thesp inks to join Leight's 'Side Man'

NEW YORK — Christian Slater has agreed to join the cast of Warren Leight’s ensemble piece “Side Man” at the Shubert-owned John Golden Theater. The deal is expected to be inked early this week.

Slater will play Clifford, the son of a jazz sideman. The character explicates on the ruinous but often poignant effect that a love of music had on his father’s marriage and relationships.

Slater recently starred and co-produced the action pic “Hard Rain” and has starred in such hits as “Broken Arrow” and “True Romance.” His involvement in “Side Man” comes as the result of musical chairs: Slater will replace Robert Sella, who departed the show a week ago to join the Roundabout Theater Co.’s production of “Cabaret” in the role of emcee. Sella is replacing Alan Cumming, who is on hiatus for two months.

“Side Man” is the only new work by an American on Broadway this season, having moved from a six-week run Off Broadway at the Classic Stage Co. to the Roundabout’s Stage Right in June, where it ran to favorable reviews until shuttering Sept. 12. An eleventh-hour deal was struck two weeks ago to bring the legiter to the Golden Theater (Daily Variety, Sept. 9). “Side Man” will restart on Oct. 20.

The play is helmed by Michael Mayer, who also directed the Roundabout’s “A View From the Bridge” last season. “Side Man” is now co-produced by Jay Harris’ Weissberger Theater Group, as well as Ron Kastner, Peter Manning and James Cushing. Roy Gabay will handle general management duties. Slater is managed by Cynthia Pett at Brillstein-Grey.

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