Fran Drescher is set to make her Broadway debut, starring with F. Murray Abraham in “Paper Doll,” about “Valley of the Dolls” author Jacqueline Susann and her husband, Irving Mansfield. The play is set to begin rehearsals at the Cort Theater in September for an October bow.
Best known for her long run in hit sitcom “The Nanny,” Drescher most recently penned a memoir, “Cancer Schmancer,” the story of her battle with uterine cancer. The book is a bestseller, and Drescher has been free of cancer for the past two years.
In “Paper Doll,” Drescher will portray the larger-than-life Susann, who wrote potboilers and barnstormed her way to the bestseller lists with the help of doting husband Mansfield.
The play was written by Barbara Zitwer and Mark Hampton, with Leonard Foglia directing. The play originated last year at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, with Marlo Thomas playing the scribe.
Drescher’s deal was made by ICM and Elaine Rich.