'Reasons to Be Pretty' moves to Main Stem
Neil LaBute will make his Broadway debut with “Reasons to Be Pretty,” currently playing a well-reviewed Off Broadway run produced by MCC Theater. Play will make the move to the Rialto next year, with perfs aimed to begin in February.“Reasons” will see its original Off Broadway cast — Piper Perabo, Alison Pill, Thomas Sadoski and Pablo Schreiber — reprise their roles on the Broadway, with Terry Kinney returning to helm. Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler, who are all on the producing team of Tony winner “August: Osage County,” produce “Reasons” in association with MCC. Story centers on a man (Sadoski) whose casual comment about a co-worker’s attractiveness wreaks havoc in his personal life. LaBute, the multihyphenate whose feature helming credits include “In the Company of Men” and “Nurse Betty,” has a theater CV that includes “The Shape of Things,” “Fat Pig” and “Bash: Latter-Day Plays.” LaBute is resident playwright at MCC, which has staged six of his plays. The playwright considers “Reasons” to be the final seg in a thematically linked trilogy that also includes “Shape of Things” and “Fat Pig,” both of which MCC produced in Gotham. The last MCC production to move to Broadway was Bryony Lavery’s “Frozen” in 2004. The nonprofit org also found commercial success with an Off Broadway transfer of its 1998 production of Margaret Edson’s “Wit.” The current incarnation of “Reasons,” the play’s world preem, closes at the Lucille Lortel on July 5. Rehearsals for the Broadway version are skedded to begin on Jan. 26 ahead of previews that begin Feb. 13, with an official opening yet to be determined. Show’s Rialto venue will be determined in the coming months as the hits and misses of the 2008-09 season shape up.