9:55 PM PDT, August 8, 2012
Norbert Leo Butz has signed on to co-star with Katie Holmes in the Broadway run of "Dead Accounts," the new play by Theresa Rebeck.
Butz, a two-time Tony winner for his perfs in musicals "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "Catch Me If You Can," will play the central character Jack, whose return to his hometown raises a number of questions from his family. Holmes will play Jack's sister in the five-thesp play, with further actors to be set.
"Dead Accounts" reteams Butz with helmer Jack O'Brien, who also directed "Scoundrels" and "Catch Me."
Given the involvement of tabloid fixture Holmes, the show's box office will be closely watched by legiters. Production seemingly has the potential to draw major crowds thanks to the media attention her stint in the show is sure to attract.
"Dead Accounts" is produced by Jeffrey Finn, the lead producer last season on Rebeck's "Seminar" starring Alan Rickman, as well as John N. Hart Jr., David Mirvish and the Shubert Org.
The production also has locked in dates, beginning previews Nov. 3 ahead of a Nov. 28 opening at the Music Box Theater.
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