Lance producing a Spring 2012 Broadway play
Article courtesy The New York Times
Kirstie Alley May Lead ‘Hollywood Whores’ to BroadwayBy PATRICK HEALY
The musician Lance Bass is aiming a new play, “The Fabulous Lies of Hollywood Whores,” for Broadway in spring 2012, with the television celebrity Kirstie Alley in negotiations to play a demanding diva who uses a Los Angeles department store as cover for her high-end escort service, an executive involved with the production said on Wednesday.
Mr. Bass and fellow producers Jamie Kennedy, Beverley Mitchell and Matt Seifnia have scheduled Actors’ Equity auditions in late November for the play, and are looking to start rehearsals in February in advance of a spring opening. Written by Ben Deagle, the eight-character ensemble production is described in an audition notice as a “cold, hard, broad” and “dirty” comedy about “the pimp” (Ms. Alley’s character) and her coterie of assistants, escorts, and others.
Still, no Broadway theater has been lined up and no deals with Ms. Alley or other possible cast members have been finalized, said the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the producers were not ready to announce a confirmed production. At one point the play was being rumored for one of Roundabout Theater Company’s Broadway houses, but a spokeswoman for Roundabout said on Wednesday that the theater was not involved.
Ms. Alley has never appeared on Broadway; she is best known for her six seasons on the NBC show “Cheers,” for which she won an Emmy Award, and her highly publicized efforts at weight loss (which included a reality television series).
Playbill.com first reported the audition notice, which named the producers and outlined the timetable. Ken Sunshine, a spokesman for Mr. Bass (a former member of the boy band ‘N Sync) said on Wednesday: “Give us a few weeks and we may confirm all of the above.”