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Catherine Zeta-Jones officially heading for Broadway in 'Night Music'

September 22, 2009 |  2:22 pm

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Oscar-winner Catherine Zeta-Jones has never been shy about her roots in the musical theater, having starred in numerous stage productions in Britain before becoming the star of such film hits as "Chicago" and "Traffic."

Now after weeks of gossip and speculation, the actress is confirmed to make her Broadway debut in a revival of "A Little Night Music," scheduled to open Dec. 13 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Angela Lansbury, who won her fifth Tony Award this year for "Blithe Spirit," will co-star in the production.

Penned by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, "A Little Night Music" is loosely based on Ingmar Bergman's film "Smiles of a Summer Night" (1955). The musical had its first Broadway production in 1973, winning six Tonys, including best musical and original score.

The revival production will be directed by Trevor Nunn, who staged the musical in London in 2008 at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The production moved to the Garrick Theatre in London's West End in July 2009.

Zeta-Jones will play Desirée Armfeldt while Lansbury will play Madame Armfeldt. Alexander Hanson will reprise the role of Fredrik Egerman, which he played in London.

In a statement, Zeta-Jones said she was looking "forward to starting rehearsal with this extraordinary group of people and working with the incomparable Angela Lansbury, whose work I’ve long admired.”

Tickets are scheduled go on sale to the general public Oct. 17.

-- David Ng

Photo: Associated Press

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