Danes set as Doolittle

Actress to make Broadway debut

Claire Danes will make her Broadway debut this season, playing Eliza Doolittle in the Roundabout Theater Company revival of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.”

Directed by David Grindley and starring Tony winner Jefferson Mays (“I Am My Own Wife”) as Henry Higgins, the production begins previews Sept. 21 at the AmericanAirlines Theater for an Oct. 18 opening.

Unconfirmed reports also have Boyd Gaines joining the cast to play Colonel Pickering, reuniting the team of Grindley, Mays and Gaines after last season’s critically lauded “Journey’s End” revival. Other key craft collaborators reassembling from that production include designer Jonathan Fensom, lighting designer Jason Taylor and Gregory Clarke on sound.

Danes’ recent film work includes Par’s upcoming “Stardust,” opposite Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Charlie Cox and Sienna Miller; and current Focus release “Evening.” Her last New York stage appearances were in the dance pieces “Christina Olson: American Model” and “Edith & Jenny,” at P.S. 122.

First produced on Broadway in 1914, “Pygmalion” had its most recent Rialto revival in 1987, starring Peter O’Toole and Amanda Plummer.

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