Brendan Fraser heads to Broadway with "Elling"

Thu Sep 2, 2010 6:34pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Brendan Fraser will make his Broadway debut in the upcoming comedy "Elling," alongside Denis O'Hare, Jennifer Coolidge and Richard Easton, the play's producers said on Thursday.

The show, which earned wide acclaim in London's West End, is based on the popular Norwegian novels that tell of a pair of mismatched roommates, their friendship and their relationships with pizza, poetry and women.

A movie based on the books was nominated for foreign language film Oscar in 2001, and while "Elling" marks Fraser's Broadway debut, he has performed onstage in London.

The Broadway play begins performances on November 2 and officially opens on November 21 at the Ethel Barrymore theater. It will have a limited engagement that is currently scheduled to run through March 20.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Brendan Fraser arrives at the premiere of CBS Film's "Extraordinary Measures" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, January 19, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>