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Brendan Fraser, star of Broadway’s Elling, on the Today Show tomorrow

Brendan Fraser, star of the

new Broadway comedy ELLING,

to appear on Today Show

tomorrow:  Friday, November 12

Brendan Fraser will appear on NBC’s Today Show tomorrow, Friday, November 12 in the 10:00am hour. The new Broadway comedy ELLING, starring Brendan Fraser, Denis O’Hare, Jennifer Coolidge, Richard Easton and Jeremy Shamos, is now in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street).  Directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes, ELLING opens on Sunday, November 21 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).

BRENDAN FRASER (Kjell).  Elling marks Brendan’s Broadway debut.  Theatre:  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, West End; Four Dogs and a Bone, opened Geffen Playhouse.  Film:  Crash, Gods and Monsters, The Quiet American, Furry Vengeance, Extraordinary Measures, Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3-D, The Mummy trilogy, Inkheart, Bedazzled, Blast From the Past, Dudley Do-Right, George of the Jungle, The Encino Man, School Ties, With Honors, Airheads and The Scout.

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.  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.

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