Two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz will join Katie Holmes on Broadway this fall in DEAD ACCOUNTS, the new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien. This limited engagement of DEAD ACCOUNTS, produced by Jeffrey Finn, John N. Hart Jr., David Mirvish, and The Shubert Organization, will begin previews on Saturday, November 3 and open Wednesday, November 28 at the Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th Street).
DEAD ACCOUNTS will reunite Norbert Leo Butz with Jack O’Brien who directed him in both of his Tony Award-winning performances: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Catch Me If You Can. He most recently appeared in the acclaimed Off-Broadway revival of How I Learned to Drive. Butz’s other theatrical credits include Speed-the-Plow, Is He Dead?, Wicked, 50 Words, The Last Five Years, and Thou Shalt Not.
Jack’s unexpected return throws his family into a frenzy, and his sister Lorna needs answers. Is he coming home or running away? Where is his wife everyone hates? And how did he get all that money? Theresa Rebeck’s new comedy tackles the timely issues of corporate greed, small town values, and whether or not your family will always welcome you back…with no questions asked.
In DEAD ACCOUNTS, Butz will play the role of Jack opposite Katie Holmes who will play his sister Lorna. The rest of the five character cast will be announced shortly.
Ticketing information, including on sale date, for DEAD ACCOUNTS will be announced shortly.
THERESA REBECK (Playwright) is a widely produced playwright. New York productions include Seminar, The Understudy, Mauritius, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection, Spike Heels, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, View of the Dome, and Omnium Gatherum (co-written, Pulitzer finalist). Publications include her Collected Plays Volume I (volumes II and III, fall 2007), Free Fire Zone (fall 2007), all with Smith & Kraus, and two novels, Three Girls and Their Brother and Twelve Rooms With a View, with Random House/Shaye Areheart Books.
Produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker (adapted from her play The Scene). Awards include the Writer’s Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama and a Peabody Award for her work on “NYPD Blue.” She has also won the National Theatre Conference Award, the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, an Alex Award and a Lilly Award. She is the creator of the NBC drama, “Smash.”
JACK O’BRIEN (Director) Broadway: Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nomination), Henry IV (Tony Award), Hairspray (Tony Award), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of Love (Tony nomination, Drama Desk Award), The Full Monty (Tony nomination), More to Love, Getting Away With Murder, Pride’s Crossing, The Little Foxes, Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award, Best Director), Damn Yankees, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nomination), Porgy and Bess (Tony nomination). Metropolitan Opera: Il Trittico. London: Love Never Dies, Hairspray (Olivier nomination). National Theatre: His Girl Friday. Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre, 1981-2007. Six movies for PBS’s “American Playhouse.” Awards: 2008 Theatre Hall of Fame Inductee; 2005 John Houseman Award; ArtServe Michigan 2008 International Achievement Award; Honorary Doctorate, University of Michigan. Film (actor): Sex and the City:2.
NORBERT LEO BUTZ (Jack). Broadway: Catch Me If You Can (2011 Tony Award, Drama Desk winner: Best Actor in a Musical; Astaire Award winner, Outer Critics nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Astaire Awards, Drama League Award winner: Best Actor in a Musical), Enron, Speed-the-Plow, Is He Dead?, Wicked (original cast, Fiyero), Thou Shalt Not (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics nominations), Rent (original cast, Broadway debut). Off-Broadway: How I Learned To Drive, Fifty Words, Buicks (Drama Desk nomination), The Last Five Years (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nominations, Drama League Award), Juno and the Paycock (Roundabout), Saved (TFANA). National Tour: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cabaret (Helen Hayes Award, Jefferson, Dora and Ovation Awards). Regional: Catch Me If You Can (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle), Alabama Shakespeare Festival (four seasons), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Film: Better Living Through Chemistry (2012), The English Teacher (2012), Greetings from Tim Buckley (2012), Disconnect (2012), Higher Ground (Sundance Film Festival 2011), Fair Game, Dan in Real Life. Television: Series: “The Deep End” (ABC); Pilots: “County” (NBC), “The Miraculous Year” (HBO), “Playing Chicken” (FOX), Mini-Series: “Comanche Moon” (CBS); Guest Star: “Blue Bloods” (NBC), “The Good Wife” (CBS), “CSI” (CBS), “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (NBC). BFA, Webster University; MFA, Alabama Shakespeare Theatre.
KATIE HOLMES (Lorna) made her Broadway bow in All My Sons. After making her acting debut in Ang Lee’s acclaimed film The Ice Storm, she played Joey Potter in the television series “Dawson’s Creek.” Her other film credits include Disturbing Behavior, Go, Wonder Boys, Teaching Mrs. Tingle, Abandon, Phone Booth, Pieces of April, The Singing Detective, First Daughter, Thank You for Smoking, and Batman Begins.
JEFFREY FINN (Producer) Broadway: Scandalous, Seminar, American Idiot (Tony nomination), A View from the Bridge (Tony nomination), Oleanna, Blithe Spirit, On Golden Pond (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway: Game Show. Regional Productions: Poor Behavior and Oleanna at the Mark Taper Forum, Saving Aimee at the 5th Avenue Theatre (Executive Producer), The Subject Was Roses at The Kennedy Center. National Tours: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber; On Golden Pond; The Who’s Tommy; Leader of the Pack; Tell Me on a Sunday; Promises, Promises; Company; Chess; and numerous Broadway Songbooks concert tours.
JOHN N. HART JR. (Producer) has produced over 17 critically-acclaimed films including Boys Don’t Cry, You Can Count on Me, and Revolutionary Road. His films have been nominated for 7 Academy Awards. Hart has also produced over 11 Broadway shows including Guys & Dolls, The Who’s Tommy, Hamlet, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and the record-breaking revival of Chicago. Most recently he produced Seminar, and the Tony winner for Best New Musical, Once. His shows have garnered him four Tony Awards for Best Production. Hart’s film, Greetings From Tim Buckley starring Penn Badgley and Norbert Leo Butz will have its world premiere at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
DAVID MIRVISH (Producer) is a Toronto-based theatrical producer. Mirvish owns and operates four theatres in Toronto: the Royal Alexandra, the Princess of Wales, the Ed Mirvish, and the Panasonic. Mirvish Productions, a company formed by Mirvish in 1986, has produced plays and musicals for these and other venues throughout Canada, on Broadway and in London’s West End. In addition Mirvish Productions has presented over 500 touring productions in the city of Toronto.
THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION (Producer) owns and operates 21 theatres in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington DC. Under the leadership of Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, the firm continues its tradition of producing distinguished theatrical attractions. These include Sister Act, That Championship Season, Passing Strange, Equus (w/Daniel Radcliffe), A Steady Rain, God of Carnage, Amour, Dirty Blonde, Dance of Death (w/Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren), Cats, Dreamgirls, Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Lettice & Lovage, Passion, Sunday in the Park with George, the original production of Amadeus and Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway. The Shubert Organization is dedicated to the revitalization of the American theatre. Its activities include the restoration and modernization of its theatres and participation in civic and community affairs. Shubert Ticketing provides superior box office, call center and marketing services, as well as online products for live entertainment venues across the country.