“The most blissfully funny and touching evening I’ve had in the theatre in ages.”
-The Guardian (London)
Brendan Fraser and Denis O’Hare star in
new Broadway comedy ELLING
Previews November 2 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Performances begin Tuesday, November 2 for ELLING starring Brendan Fraser and Denis O’Hare, with Jennifer Coolidge, Richard Easton and Jeremy Shamos. The critically acclaimed new comedy from London, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes, ELLING will 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), Kenneth Posner (lighting), Catherine Zuber (costumes) 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.
ELLING previews November 2 and opens November 21 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). Tickets are available through Telecharge.com or 212-239-6200, or in person at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street. 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. No matinee performance Wednesday, November 3. Beginning, Tuesday, November 23, all Tuesday performances will begin at 7pm. Thanksgiving week, there will be no performance on Thursday, November 25 and, an additional performance on Monday, November 22 at 7pm.