The Understudy, by Theresa Rebeck and starring Julie White at Laura Pels

Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the New York premiere of Theresa Rebeck�s new comedy The Understudy, directed by Scott Ellis and starring Tony Award winner Julie White. Additional cast members will be announced shortly.

The comedy opens at the Laura Pels Theatre on 5 Nov 2009, following previews from 9 Oct, for a limited engagement. Tickets go on sale on 24 Jun 2009.

The Understudy: The star he's working with doesn't get the play. The disgruntled stage manager happens to be his ex-fiance. The set technician is high. Just another day in the life of an understudy. The most thankless job in theatre takes centre stage in this comic look at the underbelly of the acting world.

The design team will include Alexander Dodge (Sets), Tom Broecker (Costumes), Kenneth Posner (Lights), Obadiah Eaves (Original Music & Sound).

The Understudy had its world premiere in July 2008 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, directed by Scott Ellis.

Julie White (Roxanne) received the Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in 'The Little Dog Laughed.' for which she also received an Obie Award. She recently starred on stage in 'From Up Here' at Manhattan Theatre Club.

Theresa Rebeck's (Playwright) made her Broadway debut in 2007 with 'Mauritius' at the Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production. Rebeck�s 'Our House' had a limited run at Playwrights Horizons this summer. Off-Broadway productions of her plays include 'The Scene,' 'The Water�s Edge,' 'Loose Knit,' 'The Family of Mann' and 'Spike Heels' all at Second Stage; 'Bad Dates' and 'The Butterfly Collection' at Playwrights Horizons; and 'View of the Dome' at New York Theatre Workshop.

Scott Ellis (Director) most recently directed David Rabe�s 'Streamers' at Roundabout�s Laura Pels Theatre. He was most recently represented on Broadway by the new Kander and Ebb musical 'Curtains' starring David Hyde Pierce (Tony Nomination, Best Direction of a Musical). He is the Associate Artistic Director of the Roundabout Theatre Company.

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