'Proof,' 'Syracuse,' 'Friends' also add thesps
NEW YORK — The first major postponement of the 2002-03 Broadway season arrived ahead of schedule. The producers of “The Boy From Oz” have pushed back their Broadway opening from spring to September 2003. As for the good news, Hugh Jackman has signed to headline as the late entertainer Peter Allen.Thesp had been expected to sign with the production after performing in a workshop of the musical last month. Other Broadway commitments have also been inked:
- Len Cariou plays dad to Anne Heche’s troubled daughter in the upcoming cast of “Proof.” Jennifer Jason Leigh and company leave David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama on June 30.
- At the American Airlines Theater, the Roundabout’s mega-cast for “The Boys From Syracuse” includes Jonathan Dokuchitz, Deidre Goodwin, Jackee Harry, Tom Hewitt, Lauren Mitchell, Lee Wilkof and Chip Zien. The Rodgers & Hart revival begins previews July 24 and opens in August under the direction of Scott Ellis.
- Over at Nora Ephron’s “Imaginary Friends,” Christine Baranski essayed Lillian Hellman in the workshop but Swoozie Kurtz will play the “Pentimento” scribe to Cherry Jones’ Mary McCarthy in the full Broadway production, set to open in December after an autumn run at San Diego’s Old Globe. Ephron calls it a play, even though “Imaginary Friends” contains up to seven new songs by the “Sweet Smell of Success” team, Marvin Hamlisch and Craig Carnelia.