Light also on board for 'Desert Cities'
Rachel Griffiths will make her Broadway debut in Lincoln Center Theater’s “Other Desert Cities,” which also will see Judith Light come aboard the production that bowed last season Off Broadway.Griffiths (“Six Feet Under”) has spent the last several years appearing in ABC skein “Brothers and Sisters,” which was created by “Desert Cities” playwright Jon Robin Baitz (“A Fair Country,” “The Substance of Fire”). She’ll appear in the role initially played by Elizabeth Marvel in the show’s Off Broadway preem, which earned strong reviews when it opened in January at LCT. Light, nommed for a Tony last season for her perf in “Lombardi,” takes on the part formerly played by Linda Lavin. Marvel has exited the production due to film opportunities, according to reps for LCT, while Lavin has opted to topline the world preem of Nicky Silver’s latest, “The Lyons,” at Off Broadway’s Vineyard Theater this fall. Storyline of “Desert Cities” centers on a novelist (Griffiths) who returns home to face her family just prior to the publication of a tell-all memoir that opens old familial wounds. Stockard Channing and Stacy Keach, both of whom starred in the Off Broadway staging, return to play the writer’s parents, while Thomas Sadoski (“Reasons to Be Pretty”) reprises his role as the scribe’s brother. Light appears as her aunt. Joe Mantello (“Wicked”), nommed for a Tony last season for his role in “The Normal Heart,” directs. Set for a stint at the Booth Theater, “Other Desert Cities” will run simultaneously with “War Horse.” Show begins previews Oct. 12 ahead of a Nov. 3 opening.