'3rd Rock' thesp to star in Broadway's Boothe revival

“The Women” casting watch has begun.

Kristen Johnston (“3rd Rock from the Sun”) is set to star as Sylvia Fowler in the Roundabout’s upcoming Broadway revival of Clare Boothe’s “The Women,” the much-anticipated restaging of the play that launched two movies and one previous Broadway revival.

The original 1936 production of “The Women” ran for 657 performances.

Ilka Chase originated the role of the society matron whose gossip about a friend’s philandering husband sets the comedy in action. Rosalind Russell played Sylvia in the 1939 MGM pic, with Dolores Gray giving her interpretation in the studio’s 1956 musical remake, “The Opposite Sex.” Alexis Smith essayed the part in a 1973 Broadway revival.

Johnston has won two Emmys for her turn as Sally Soloman in “3rd Rock.” She also starred in “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.” Her previous stage work includes stints at Lincoln Center Theater, New York Stage and Film, Playwrights Horizons, Naked Angels Theater Company and the Atlantic Theater Company, where she made her legit debut.

Scott Elliott will direct “The Women,” with its opening set for November 2001 at the Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre.

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