Sutton Foster will star in a new production of “Sweet Charity,” kicking off a 2016-17 season at Off Broadway’s The New Group that also will include the American premiere of the latest play by Wallace Shawn and a new work written by actor-writer Hamish Linklater and starring Maura Tierney and Zosia Mamet.
Foster, the star of TV Land’s “Younger” and a Tony winner for “Anything Goes” and “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” will headline a revival of “Charity” directed by Leigh Silverman, who also worked with Foster in the 2014 Broadway staging of “Violet.” Joshua Bergasse (“Smash,” “On The Town”) choreographs the 1966 Cy Coleman-Neil Simon musical about a dancehall hostess looking for love. Commercial producer Kevin McCollum (“Rent,” “Something Rotten!”) is also attached to the project, kicking in additional funds for a production that starts previews in November.
Shawn’s “Evening at the Talk House” (beginning in January), about a group of theater folks reminiscing over a flop they created together 10 years ago, doesn’t have a cast attached yet, but Shawn starred in the show’s world premiere last year at London’s National Theater. New Group artistic director Scott Elliott — who has previously staged Shawn plays including “Aunt Dan and Lemon” and “The Fever” — will direct.
Elliott will also direct the latest by Linklater, “The Whirligig,” starting in May 2017. Tierney and Mamet star in the story of a woman (Tierney) whose return to Berkshire County prompts a flurry of visitors from her past.
Rounding out the company’s season is “All the Fine Boys,” writer-director Erica Schmidt’s new play about two teenage girls in 1980s South Carolina making their first forays into sex. That show begins previews in February.
The season’s exact dates, as well casting and other details, remain to be set.