‘Folk’ hero Harrison signs for ‘Letter’

Thesp to make N.Y. bow

Randy Harrison (“Queer as Folk”) will make his Gotham stage debut in “A Letter From Ethel Kennedy” at MCC Theater.

The new play by the late Christopher Gorman will open May 8 for a limited engagement. Anita Gillette, Jay Goede and Bernie McInerney are also featured in the play about a gay man who reconciles with his parents at a Broadway eatery. In her New York directorial debut, Tony winner Joanna Gleason (“Into the Woods”) will helm the comedy by Gorman, who recently died of complications from AIDS.

Gorman had served as senior director of casting and director of motion pictures for television and miniseries at CBS for much of the ’90s.

Garcia gets ‘Wicked’

Adam Garcia will join Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel in Gotham for the April reading of Stephen Schwartz’s new musical “Wicked.” Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel, the show tells the pre-“Wizard of Oz” tale of the Good Witch and the Bad Witch. Book is by Schwartz and TV scribe Winnie Holzman (“Once and Again”). Joe Mantello directs; producer is Marc Platt for Universal.

Chenoweth and Menzel have appeared in previous readings of “Wicked,” with Garcia taking his first crack at the project with the upcoming reading. The Aussie actor is to play Fiyero, the witches’ love interest. A full-scale Broadway production is anticipated for 2003. If Garcia’s participation continues beyond the reading, “Wicked” would mark his Broadway debut.

Garcia has performed on the West End in “Grease” and had the Tony Manero lead in the Bee Gees musical “Saturday Night Fever” during the 1998-99 season. He had been expected to reprise the “SNF” role in fall 1999 when the musical opened on Broadway. Producer Robert Stigwood, however, went with the unknown thesp James Carpinello after a long talent search.

Garcia has been seen on the bigscreen in “Coyote Ugly” and “Riding in Cars With Boys.”

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