Will Ferrell and the Oscar-winning Irish indie Once are headed for the Great White Way — though not together.
Several news outlets reported today that Ferrell will tread the boards in a show titled You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush, set to begin previews on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2009, at the Cort Theatre. The production will be directed by Ferrell's longtime collaborator Adam McKay, the writer-director of Step Brothers, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. August: Osage County and Speed-the-Plow producers Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Steve Traxler will produce.
Details of the show are unknown and writing credits have not been confirmed. The New York Post reported the production will feature a supporting cast and a band, similar to Martin Short's 2006 Broadway show Fame Becomes Me. The Post stated Ferrell's show will "be autobiographical and include anecdotes about the comedian's work on Saturday Night Live," including the actor's impressions of Bush, Neil Diamond, Robert Goulet, and James Lipton.
Welcome will run at the Cort Feb. 1-March 15.
In other Broadway news, Tony-winning producers John N. Hart Jr., Jeff Sine, and Fred Zollo have acquired the stage rights to the recent musical film Once, with the intention of bringing it to Broadway during the 2010-11 season. They are expected to announce the show's creative team soon.
The film, directed by musician John Carney, won an Oscar earlier this year for best original song, "Falling Slowly." It starred Frames guitarist Glen Hansard and Czech pianist-singer Markéta Irglová as unlikely collaborators who meet in Dublin.