Enron: Norbert Leo Butz to star as financial villain

Tony Award-winning actor Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) has been cast to portray financial villain 'Jeffrey Skilling' in Lucy Prebble's new play Enron opening on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on 27 Apr 2010, following previews from 8 Apr 2010.

Butz was last seen on Broadway in the role of 'Bobby Gould,' co-starring opposite Raul Esparza and Elisabeth Moss, in the revival of David Mamet's 'Speed-The- Plow.' His Broadway credits include 'Is He Dead?,' 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,' 'Wicked' (original cast, 'Fiyero'), 'Thou Shalt Not' (Tony nomination) and 'Rent' (original cast, Broadway debut).

Further casting still to be announced.

Inspired by the real-life financial scandal of 2001, Enron, which was commissioned by Headlong Theatre, premiered this past summer at the Minerva Theatre Chichester, and then moved for a six-week run at the Royal Court Theatre where it played through to 8 Nov 2009. The play will transfer to the West End's Noel Coward Theatre in Jan, 2010.

Inspired by real-life events and using music, dance and video, Enron explores one of the most infamous scandals in financial history, reviewing the tumultuous 1990s and casting a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world currently finds itself.

Directed by Rupert Goold, the production features scenic and costume design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Mark Henderson, music and sound by Adam Cork, video and projection by Jon Driscoll and movement by Scott Ambler. Casting for the Broadway production is to be announced.

Headlong Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre and Royal Court Theatre production of Enron will be produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, Matthew Byam Shaw, Act Productions, Caro Newling for Neal St. Productions and The Shubert Organization.

Lucy Prebble won the George Devine Award and the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play 'The Sugar Syndrome' at the Royal Court Theatre. On television, her work includes creating the series 'Secret Diary of a Call Girl.' Enron is her second play.

Rupert Goold's previous productions include Minerva Theatre Chichester's staging of 'Macbeth' with Patrick Stewart (that transferred to the West End and Broadway) and 'Six Characters in Search of an Author.' Additional credits include 'Time and the Conways' at the National Theatre, Pete Postlethwaite in 'King Lear,' and West End productions of Pinter's 'No Man's Land' and 'Oliver!' (currently at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane). He most recently directed 'Turandot' for English National Opera which opened at the London Coliseum in October.

Norbert Leo Butz

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