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Dane Cook-Julia Stiles Broadway play 'Fat Pig' postponed

March 17, 2011 |  1:10 pm

Dane Cook's 'Fat Pig' postponed "Fat Pig," the Neil LaBute play starring comedian Dane Cook and Julia Stiles, has been postponed to the 2011-2012 Broadway season.

The play was scheduled to open at the Belasco Theatre this spring, but its producers cited the "last-minute fallout of a key investment" as the reason for the delay.

"This did not leave the producers enough time to reacquire the necessary capital and begin rehearsals on schedule to open prior to the Tony Awards cutoff date," a spokesman said in a statement.

"It's our dream to keep this terrific cast and stunning creative team intact as we work to reschedule 'Fat Pig' for next season," added producers Aldo Scrofani and Heather Provost. "The current financial situation did not leave adequate time to maintain the integrity of the show and its marketing campaign. This play deserves to be seen on Broadway and we remain very much committed to that goal."

Josh Hamilton and HeatherJane Rolff were also set to star in the LaBute-written and -directed play.

The blunt-force comedy revolves around a man who falls for an obese woman, which causes a backlash against her among his friends. It was performed off-Broadway in 2004 in a production that starred Jeremy Piven, Andrew McCarthy, Keri Russell and Ashlie Atkinson. In 2007, the Geffen Playhouse mounted a production with a cast that included Scott Wolf and Chris Pine.

Cook's polarizing brand of comedy aimed at the college crowd and LaBute's productions, with their controversial subject matter and colorful language, had been seen as a perfect match. Earlier reports said Ashton Kutcher was in talks for the play.

But fans will have to wait a little bit longer for this show to go on. Previews for the Broadway show were set to begin April 12, with the official opening April 26. Ticket holders are being allowed to get a full refund or exchange their tickets for a different date.


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Photo: Dane Cook at Spike TV's Video Game Awards on Dec. 11, 2010, in Los Angeles. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press