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‘Cherry’ to blossom in Gotham

Lensing skedded to start next week

NEW YORK — Ryan Merriman, Patti LuPone, Rich Licata, Ilana Levine and Gretchen Mol will star in “Cherry Pink,” which is being produced by prolific Gotham-based producer Jean Doumanian.

Former “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander is directing the coming-of-age comedy written by Marshall Karp. Lensing on the 1950s period piece begins in the New York area next week.

Doumanian also is producing “Celebrity,” her fifth film directed by Woody Allen.

Doumanian’s Off Broadway production “Dinah Was” recently moved from the WPA Theater to the new Gramercy Thea-ter, which has been converted from a movie theater to a legit house.

Two films produced by Doumanian are currently in theaters — David Mamet’s “The Spanish Prisoner” from Sony Pictures Classics and Fine Line Features’ “Wild Man Blues,” Barbara Kopple’s documentary about the European tour of Allen’s jazz band.

In “Pink,” Merriman, who was a series regular on the TV shows “The Pretender” and “The Mommies,” plays a teenage boy who spends the summer with his aunt and uncle and learns about love.

LuPone recently appeared on Broadway in Mamet’s “The Old Neighborhood.” Her screen credits include “Witness,” “Wiseguys” and “Driving Miss Daisy.”

Licata has appeared in the films “The Dregs of Society” and “A Killing.”

Mol stars with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in Miramax’s upcoming “Rounders” and has a role in “Celebrity,” another Miramax release. She previously appeared in “Donnie Brasco” and Spike Lee’s “Girl 6.”

Levine is best known for guest starring in the Seinfeld episode “The Contest.” She also starred in Robert Altman’s HBO film “Tanner 88.”

Doumanian also produced the forthcoming “Into My Heart” (formerly “Elements”), starring Claire Forlani and Rob Morrow, and Tom Donaghy’s “The Story of a Bad Boy,” starring Jeremy Hollingsworth and Julie Kavner.

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