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Schwimmer Raises 'Caine' in N.Y. Return

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NEW YORK (THR) -- Two major theater entries begin prevuing this Friday.

At the Schoenfeld, David Schwimmer makes his Broadway debut, and his first post-"Friends" stage appearance in New York, co-starring with Zeljko Ivanek and Tim Daly in Jerry Zaks' revival of Herman Wouk's "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial." Schwimmer plays the role done by Henry Fonda in the original 1954 staging directed by Charles Laughton; Ivanek plays the role of Queeg, created by Lloyd Nolan (and memorably played in the movie "The Caine Mutiny" by Humphrey Bogart). The new "Mutiny" officially opens May 7. ...

Also on Friday, Alan Bennett's much-anticipated "The History Boys," directed by Nicholas Hytner and a triumph on London's West End, begins its local prevue process at the Broadhurst. Lucky we are, too: It features the original London cast. ...

Off-Broadway on Thursday, David Hare's docudrama "Stuff Happens" opens at the Public, where it is scheduled to run through May 28. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, Hare's script uses only words which have come from George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice and others in the current power circle at the White House. ...

There's a prestigious and well-deserved honor coming up for the lady who last occupied the aforementioned Schoenfeld Theatre: Chita Rivera will receive the 2006 Career Achievement award at this year's New Dramatists spring luncheon benefit May 18 at the Marriott Marquis. Biff Liff of WMA is the chairperson for the event. ...

More good news: the announcement that the much-lauded (and current) Cincinnati revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's "Company" is set for a Broadway run come November, directed by the same creative John Doyle who refashioned it for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park run, which finishes there Friday. Doyle, of course, is the same bright and courageous fellow responsible for the staging on Broadway's current "Sweeney Todd," which is so searingly good right now at our own Eugene O'Neill starring Patti LuPone and Michael Cerveris. ...

Ms. LuPone doesn't rest. She'll spend her Monday night off from "Sweeney" on May 18 doing her one-woman show "The Lady With a Torch" as a benefit for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at the Vivian Beaumont. She did the show with much success this year at a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall. The Beaumont performance is being dedicated to the memory of the late Dick Gallagher, who was LuPone's longtime musical director. ...

Lucie Arnaz, after a 15-year hiatus from Broadway (the last time was Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers," in which she replaced Mercedes Ruehl), returns May 29 to take over for a departing Joanna Gleason in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels." In what undoubtedly will be a nice feeling of deja vu, it all happens at the Imperial, the same theater where Lucie made her Broadway debut in 1979 (and pulled all sorts of raves and awards) as the original star of "They're Playing Our Song."


Robert Osborne writes for The Hollywood Reporter.

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