Actor to return to B'way in 'Macbeth'

Kelsey Grammer’s Paramount-based Grammnet Prods. has snagged a pilot presentation commitment from NBC for “Neurotic Tendencies,” a half-hour laffer being targeted for midseason 2000-01.

Meanwhile, Grammer will return to Broadway this summer, toplining an SFX Theatricals presentation of “Macbeth.”

As for the potential comedy, skein revolves around three twentysomething Gotham femmes who shake up their lives by moving to L.A.

Presentation, to be exec produced and directed by Grammer, is based on a concept from Grammer’s wife, Camille, who’s also set to serve as a producer of the skein. Arleen Sorkin and Paul Slansky, along with Wayne Page and Jeff McCarthy, wrote the script for the project.

Grammer said “Tendencies” was hatched last May following NBC’s 1999-00 upfront presentation.

“We were sitting together in the car and Camille said to me, ‘There’s not a show out there for me,'” Grammer said, adding that his wife then pitched the concept of a show about a group of “late 20s girlfriends in New York who decide to try their luck in Los Angeles.”

In addition to “Tendencies,” Grammnet is also producing a comedy pilot for UPN called “Girlfriends” and a drama pilot presentation for NBC now titled “L.A. Sheriff’s Homicide.” All three projects are being produced in association with Paramount Network Television.

While Grammer said he’s committed to “Frasier” for “as long as we’re having fun with the show,” he’s found himself concentrating more and more on Grammnet issues.

“I really want to focus on the company at this point,” he said. “It’s been a few years in the making… but we’re finally getting things online.”

As for “Macbeth,” Grammer said he’ll begin rehearsals for the play April 19. Emanuel Azenberg is set to produce, though SFX declined to confirm details.

“I’m very excited about it,” he said, crediting his wife for getting him back onstage.

“One afternoon she called (a theatrical producer) and said, ‘What do you think about Kelsey doing Macbeth?'” he said.

“My wife is now producing my career,” Grammer quipped.

The Scottish Play would not be the sitcom actor’s first stab at the Bard. At L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum, Grammer played Richard II in 1992, and Lucio in “Measure for Measure” in 1985.

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