'Lady,' 'Wedding' roll down Off B'way aisle
Off Broadway theaters see them coming and going in the early New Year.“Our Lady of 121st Street” takes over for “Burn This” at the Union Square Theater. Elisabeth Shue and Peter Sarsgaard recently replaced Catherine Keener and Edward Norton in the Lanford Wilson drama, now skedded to close Jan. 5. “Our Lady” follows it into the Union Square, with previews starting Feb. 18 and opening night set for March 6. Philip Seymour Hoffman directs Stephen Adly Guirgis’ drama, set at a nun’s funeral in Harlem. ‘Vagina’ closes From Eve to Streisand, the Westside Arts will also get a new play. Daniel Stern’s comedy “Barbra’s Wedding” will replace Eve Ensler’s long-running “The Vagina Monologues” at the Off Broadway venue. Ensler returns to her show Jan. 7 for a three-week run, ending Jan. 26. The Stern play begins previews Feb. 11, with its opening set for March 5. Ensler performed “The Vagina Monologues” from its world preem in October 1999 to January 2000, at which time a rotating series of three actresses took over performances for the following two years. Stern is best known for his thesp turns in the “Home Alone” and “City Slickers” movies. “Barbra’s Wedding” focuses on the marital troubles of a Malibu couple who live next door to Barbra Streisand and are besieged by reporters and tourists on the day of the superstar’s wedding to James Brolin. The comedy, Stern’s first play, had its world preem in spring at the Philadelphia Theater Co. Dodgers Theatricals, currently represented on Broadway with “42nd Street,” “Into the Woods” and “Urinetown,” is producing the play in Gotham. David Warren directs. The two-hander has not been cast. Creel’s double-duty Millie’s fella is now Eloise’s friend. Gavin Creel, who had made his Broadway debut last spring in “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” is doing double duty with the tuner and ABC’s three new “Eloise” movies starring Julie Andrews and Sofia Vassilieva. Creel is skedded to miss some 33 perfs of “Millie,” which will be added to the end of his one-year contract with the musical. The actor was Tony-nommed for his role of Jimmy in “Millie.” He plays Eloise’s friend Bill, a singing waiter, in the TV movies, which film in Toronto and New York.
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