Former 'Sex and the City' star set for Lindsay-Abaire play

Cynthia Nixon trades one Manhattan Theater Club play for another, signing on for the lead role in David Lindsay-Abaire’s play “Rabbit Hole,” which goes up next winter in MTC’s Broadway venue, the Biltmore Theater.

MTC originally cast Nixon in a revival of Lanford Wilson’s “Talley’s Folly” at the Biltmore Theater during the 2005-06 season, but the company canceled that production a month ago because of casting problems.

Nixon plays a woman who drifts apart from her husband after a family tragedy. Daniel Sullivan directs the production, which begins previews Jan. 12 for a Feb. 2 opening.

“Rabbit Hole” will be the 10th Broadway appearance for the “Sex and the City” Emmy winner, and her first since “The Women” in 2001. Her other Broadway credits include “The Heidi Chronicles,” “Hurlyburly,” both parts of “Angels in America” and “Indiscretions,” for which she received a Tony nom.

Nixon reportedly was planning to star in the New Group’s Off Broadway revival of Jay Presson Allen’s “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” during the 2005-06 season, but a rep for the company said the production now is tentatively planned for the 2006-07 season. A rep for Nixon said the thesp has done a reading of “Brodie,” but her participation in a production is not confirmed.

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