BOX OFFICE OPENS TODAY FOR
BRENDAN FRASER AND DENIS O’HARE
WITH JENNIFER COOLIDGE, RICHARD EASTON
AND JEREMY SHAMOS
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW COMEDY FROM LONDON
DIRECTED BY DOUG HUGHES
BROADWAY’S ETHEL BARRYMORE THEATRE
PREVIEWS BEGIN TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2
OPENING SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21
20 WEEKS ONLY. THROUGH MARCH 20, 2011
ELLING is based on the popular original novels by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and adapted for the Oscar nominated film and the stage by Axel Hellstenius and Petter Næss, in a new English adaptation by critically hailed writer Simon Bent.
“The most blissfully funny and touching evening I’ve had in the theatre in ages.”
-The Guardian (London)
“Moving and very, very funny. Thoroughly life-affirming.”
-The Times (London)
“Works like a dream.”
-The Daily Telegraph (London)
The box office for Broadway’s ELLING opens today, Tuesday, October 12. ELLING stars Brendan Fraser (Crash, Gods and Monsters, and critically hailed in the West End’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and Denis O’Hare (Take Me Out -Tony Award-winner, HBO’s “True Blood”) with Jennifer Coolidge (Broadway’s The Women, American Pie, Best in Show), Richard Easton (The Invention of Love – Tony Award-winner, The Coast of Utopia, Noises Off) and Jeremy Shamos (The Rivals, Reckless). The critically acclaimed new comedy from London, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Mrs. Warren’s Profession), ELLING will begin performances Tuesday, November 2, open Sunday, November 21 on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) and will play a strictly limited engagement through March 20, 2011.
ELLING is based on the popular original novels by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and adapted for the Oscar nominated film and the stage by Axel Hellstenius and Petter Næss, in a new English adaptation by critically hailed writer Simon Bent. ELLING played the West End and was nominated for the Lawrence Olivier Award for Comedy of the Year.
Set in the current day, ELLING is a comedy about a wildly mismatched pair of roommates trying to embrace life, love, friendship, pizza, poetry and women. Denis O’Hare plays obsessive/compulsive Elling. Brendan Fraser, plays the wildly enthusiastic gentle giant Kjell. Jennifer Coolidge plays Reidun, the object of Kjell’s considerable affection, Richard Easton plays Alfons, Elling’s unlikely poet mentor and Jeremy Shamos plays Frank, an inquisitive social worker.
The design team is comprised of Scott Pask (set), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Kenneth Posner (lighting) and David Van Tieghem (composer/sound designer).
ELLING had a critically acclaimed stage premiere at the Bush Theatre in London and transferred to the West End.
Tickets are available through Telecharge.com or 212-239-6200, or in person at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street. Box office hours are: from October 12 – October 17: Tues – Sat 10am – 8:30pm, closed Sun. From October 18 – October 31: Mon – Sat 10am – 8:30pm, closed Sun. Commencing Mon, November 1: Mon – Sat 10am – 8:30pm, Sun 12pm – 6pm. Ticket prices range from $46.50 to $126.50 (all prices include $1.50 facilities fee).
The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Beginning, Tuesday, November 23, all Tuesday performances will begin at 7pm.