Tony-winning actress to star in revival
Christine Ebersole will star in the upcoming Broadway revival of “Blithe Spirit,” her first stint on the Rialto since picking up the 2007 Tony for her perf in “Grey Gardens.”Ebersole, who also nabbed a Tony for her 2001 turn in “42nd Street,” will play Elvira, the titular spirit who haunts her first husband in the 1941 Noel Coward comedy. No further casting has been announced, although Angela Lansbury and Rupert Everett are said to be on the wish list. Michael Blakemore (“Noises Off,” “Copenhagen”), who recently helmed Lansbury in “Deuce,” will direct. “Spirit” begins perfs Feb. 26 ahead of a March opening at a Shubert theater to be determined. Revival is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and Steve Traxler, the team also behind the revival of David Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow” that begins previews Oct. 3.
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