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Abigail Breslin to star in 'The Miracle Worker' on Broadway

October 28, 2009 | 11:03 am

Breslin The current Broadway season is shaping up to be a celebrity-packed affair.

Following news this week that Scarlett Johansson, Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes will soon be appearing on New York stages, today comes word that 13-year-old actress Abigail Breslin will make her Broadway debut in a revival of William Gibson's "The Miracle Worker."

Breslin will play the young Helen Keller in the the revival production, which is set to open March 3 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. She will costar alongside Tony Award nominee Alison Pill ("The Lieutenant of Inishmore") in the role of Annie Sullivan.

"The Miracle Worker" won the Tony Award for best play in 1960. This revival, which will be directed by Kate Whoriskey, marks the 50th anniversary of the play's Broadway debut. Playwright Gibson died in 2008 at the age of 94.

Breslin received an Oscar nomination in 2007 for her role in Fox Searchlight's "Little Miss Sunshine." She also has had parts in the movies "Signs," "Keane" and "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl."

In 2003, a Broadway-bound revival of "The Miracle Worker" starring Hilary Swank was canceled after its out-of-town run in Charlotte, N.C..

-- David Ng

Photo: Abigail Breslin. Credit: Jeff Christensen / Associated Press

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