Showtime likes a ‘Laugh’

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If HBO can help produce Tony Kushner’s musical “Caroline, or Change,” then it makes perfect sense for Showtime to bring Mario Cantone’s “Laugh Whore” to Broadway.

Joining with Jonathan Burkhart, Showtime will produce the one-person show starring and written by Cantone.

“Laugh Whore,” which will air on the cable network in 2005, marks Showtime’s first foray as a Broadway producer.

Previews begin Oct. 5, with opening night set for Oct. 17 at the Cort Theater. Joe Mantello directs.

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Richard Kind replaces Richard Dreyfuss as Foxwell J. Sly in the current Broadway revival of Larry Gelbart’s comedy “Sly Fox.” The transition takes place mid-August, with the exact date to be announced.

Dreyfuss begins rehearsals Sept. 6 in London for the West End preem of “The Producers.”

Kind made his Broadway debut in 2002 in “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” and more recently was seen on stage in the musical “Bounce” in Chi and D.C.

Other cast changes for “Sly Fox” go into effect Aug. 15. They include Carol Kane replacing Rachel York as Miss Fancy and Richard Libertini replacing Rene Auberjonois as Jethro Crouch. Larry Storch takes over for Peter Scolari in the role of the Chief of Police on Aug. 3.

The replacement for Eric Stoltz as Simon Able will be announced shortly.

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“Dracula,” the new Broadway musical, gets some new dates. Previews begin July 28; opening night is Aug. 19 at the Belasco Theater.

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