Tony award-winning thesp to star with Burnett

NEW YORK — A deal is quickly being put together for George Hearn to star opposite Carol Burnett in a Broadway run of “Putting It Together,” a revue of Stephen Sondheim tunes.

Hearn’s work on Broadway earned him a Tony for best actor in “La Cage Aux Folles” and a Tony for a supporting role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard.” He also appeared in Sondheim’s original production of “Sweeney Todd.”

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Cameron Mackintosh (“Miss Saigon, “The Phantom of the Opera” “Les Miserables”) will produce the tuner, which is headed for the Shubert-owned Barrymore Theater this fall.

“Together” had a hit run in Los Angeles with Burnett starring last October and November, when it was produced by Mark Taper Forum parent company the Center Theater Group.

While no deal has yet been inked, insiders familiar with the production confirm that an offer has been made. A spokesman for Mackintosh declined to comment on the negotiations.

“Putting It Together’s” shuffle to Broadway was expected (Daily Variety, July 31, 1998), and when it makes the move, it will travel with L.A. production director Eric Schaeffer attached to helm the Gotham version. Schaeffer is artistic director at the Signature Theater in Virginia.

Burnett is repped by ICM in Los Angeles; Hearn is repped by Paradigm in Gotham.

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