Matt Bomer, John Lithgow, Bradley Whitford, Bob Balaban, Campbell Brown, Larry Kramer and Rory O’Malley have signed on to the starry benefit Broadway reading of “8,” the new play by Dustin Lance Black.
The production, a docu-play about the case that challenged California’s Proposition 8, earlier lined up an ensemble that includes Morgan Freeman, Christine Lahti, Marisa Tomei, Anthony Edwards and Rob Reiner, among others.
Joe Mantello, who helmed last season’s revival of Kramer’s play “The Normal Heart,” directs the one-night-only reading at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, home of “The Book of Mormon,” in which O’Malley appears.
A reconstruction of the 2010 trial including testimony and arguments from both sides, “8” will subsequently be seen, in separate staged readings with different casts, at schools and community orgs around the country.
Broadway bow of “8” is set for Sept. 19, with the fundraiser’s proceeds going to the American Foundation for Equal Rights.