Tomei inks to topline in Lonergan’s ‘Lobby’

Brokaw attached to helm

NEW YORK — Marisa Tomei has inked a deal to topline in Kenneth Lonergan’s new play, “The Lobby,” immediately vaulting the production to the front of the queue for Off Broadway theaters.

Produced by Mosaic Entertainment’s Jon Steingart and Jenny Wiener for an Off Broadway bow (Daily Variety, March 31) the legiter is seeking a fall berth in a tight field.

“Lobby” explores the relationship between a white security guard and his black boss as they trade observations on a duo of cops using the apartment building they guard as a tryst spot.

Lonergan most recently penned the Robert DeNiro/Billy Crystal hit laffer “Analyze This” and the upcoming U pic “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle.”

Tomei appeared on Broadway in “Wait Until Dark” last season, and most recently in pic “Slums of Beverly Hills.” She won the Oscar for her work in the 1992 pic “My Cousin Vinny.”

“Lobby” has Mark Brokaw attached to helm (“This Is Our Youth, “As Bees in Honey Drown”) and will announce other stars shortly.

Tomei is repped by UTA and managed by AMG’s Pam Kohl. Lonergan is repped by the William Morris Agency’s theater prexy George P. Lane; Brokaw is repped by Sarah Jane Leigh at ICM.