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Elling star Brendan Fraser featured in the Star Ledger

BRENDAN FRASER

STAR OF BROADWAY’S

ELLING

FEATURED IN STAR LEDGER

Brendan Fraser, who stars in Broadway’s hit comedy ELLING, is featured in the Star Ledger.

Star Ledger

By Ronnie Reichl

November 21, 2010

Long before he swung from trees as “George of the Jungle,” or became a dying man’s confidant in “Gods and Monsters” — and even before he made Neanderthals lovable in “Encino Man” — Brendan Fraser dreamed of making his Broadway debut.

Originally from Canada, the actor first visited New York when he was 8 years old.

As he explored the city with his family, he escaped the supervision of his three brothers. He found himself alone in a neighborhood lit up with giant marquees.

“This is the most astonishing place,” he thought.

With only a $5 bill in his pocket, he knocked on the window of a cab. The driver — Fraser remembers he had a Super Mario mustache and a twinkle in his eye — told him stories of Times Square and the city. When he dropped Fraser off at the hotel where his family was staying, he said, “Kiddo, this one’s on the house.”

“See you on the Great White Way,” he added as he drove off. Continue reading

Here’s what critics are saying about Elling, the new play on Broadway

BROADWAY’S

ELLING

STARRING

BRENDAN FRASER, DENIS O’HARE,

JENNIFER COOLIDGE, RICHARD EASTON

and JEREMY SHAMOS

OPENS

Here’s what Newsday, the Associated Press, USA Today,

and New York Magazine had to say

Broadway’s new comedy ELLING, starring Brendan Fraser, Denis O’Hare, Jennifer Coolidge, Richard Easton and Jeremy Shamos, directed by Doug Hughes, opened last night, Sunday, November 22 and here’s what Newsday, the Associated Press, USA Today and New York Magazine had to say.  ELLING is currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) in a strictly limited engagement through March 20, 2011.

NEWSDAY

ELLING is oddly charming, even winning. Or, as Elling says when his friend is described as odd, ‘I prefer the English expression ‘rare.’ As in uncommon.’  The chemistry comes in the casting.  Denis O’Hare is a virtuoso of such high-strung needy eccentrics as the gay baseball fanatic in ‘Take Me Out’ and the meanest royal vampire in ‘True Blood.’ Here he finds astonishing shadings on internalized neuroses as Elling, the aging mama’s boy.  But the real surprise is Brendan Fraser, the formerly boyish comic-action-movie star, making an altogether endearing Broadway debut as the huge and ebullient, simple and slobby Kjell…”  Click here to read the entire review: 

http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/theater/review-fraser-o-hare-in-odd-but-endearing-elling-1.2484494?p=

ASSOCIATED PRESS

“The story of two recently released mental patients bunking together in an apartment in Oslo doesn’t sound like perfect fodder for a Broadway comedy.  But there’s something relentlessly charming about ELLING…”.  Click here to read the entire review:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101122/ap_en_re/us_theater_review_elling

USA TODAY

“Adapting the novels of Ingvar Ambjornsen and other stage and screen projects they inspired, Simon Bent writes of two roommates in a Norwegian mental institution, played here by stage veteran Denis O’Hare and Broadway newbie Brendan Fraser.  They form an unlikely bond, which is tested when they’re released and given an apartment together, where a social worker will monitor their progress.  What ensues, under Doug Hughes’ expert direction, is both gently poignant and transcendently goofy….”  Click here to read the entire review:

http://www.usatoday.com/life/theater/reviews/2010-11-22-freeman22_ST_N.htm

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“Even the fiercest Palinite will succumb to the charms of ELLING, a bent little love triangle between two middle-aged, mentally ill men and a mildly exasperated European welfare state.  This gentle, subversively mellow comedy-of- quirks, adapted from a series of Norwegian novels that have already made multiple visits to the stage and screen (a movie version was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2002), follows the same ingratiating Oscar-and-Felix rhythms that dominate lots of roommate-story situations -with an important twist… “   Click here to read the entire review: 

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/11/theater_review_the_low-key_ple.html

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). 

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.

Gently Poignant and transcendently goofy!” -Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“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)

Elling star Brendan Fraser on LX-TV tomorrow

BRENDAN FRASER

STAR OF BROADWAY’S

ELLING

TO APPEAR ON LX-TV (WNBC)

TOMORROW, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23

 

 

Brendan Fraser, star of Broadway’s new comedy ELLING, will appear on LX-TV tomorrow, Tuesday, November 23, on WNBC-TV between 5:00pm and 5:30pm.  Brendan Fraser stars in ELLING with Denis O’Hare, Jennifer Coolidge, Richard Easton and Jeremy Shamos.  Directed by Doug Hughes, ELLING is currently playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) in a strictly limited engagement through March 20, 2011.

“Brendan Fraser gives a bold performance.” -Scott Brown, New York Magazine

“Brendan Fraser is charming.” –Jeremy Gerard, Bloomberg News

“Brendan Fraser makes an endearing Broadway debut.” –Linda Winer, Newsday

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).

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.

Gently Poignant and transcendently goofy!” -Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“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)

Click here to see a new sneak peek

www.EllingOnBroadway.com

Elling opens on Broadway this Sunday

OPENS THIS SUNDAY

Brendan Fraser, Denis O’Hare in

Broadway’s new comedy

ELLING

Jennifer Coolidge, Richard Easton

And Jeremy Shamos

Directed by Doug Hughes

Broadway’s new comedy ELLING starring Brendan Fraser, Denis O’Hare, Jennifer Coolidge, Richard Easton and Jeremy Shamos, directed by Doug Hughes, opens this Sunday, November 21.  ELLING is currently in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street) and will play a strictly limited engagement through March 20, 2011.

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Elling star Brendan Fraser featured in the AP

BRENDAN FRASER

STAR OF BROADWAY’S

ELLING

FEATURED IN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Brendan Fraser Gets Insane on a Broadway Stage

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK November 19, 2010 (AP)

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Brendan Fraser drew up one of the strangest to-do lists before making his Broadway debut.

First, he wanted to go to Oslo, Norway. There, he hoped to eat pork and gravy, walk by a lake, visit a mental institution, talk to social workers, grab a beer with some car mechanics, hang out at a poetry reading, munch on a hot dog, dial up a phone sex line and buy some comic books and porno.

“Oh yeah,” he says. “I also wanted to learn how to swear in Norwegian.”

All that was to get into character before hitting the stage in the New York premiere of “Elling,” a sort of “Odd Couple” set in modern-day Norway with two recently released mental patients.

That was the plan at least, but Fraser ran out of time at the end of the summer and never got a chance to get to Norway. He relied on notes from his co-star Denis O’Hare, YouTube videos, maps of Oslo and, oh yeah, the script. Continue reading

ELLING featured in the New York Times & New York Magazine

New Broadway Comedy

ELLING

Featured in the New York Times

and New York Magazine

The stars of ELLING, the new Broadway comedy, are featured in the news this week.  Denis O’Hare was profiled in Sunday’s New York Times, while Jennifer Coolidge was featured in New York Magazine. Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, ELLING also stars Brendan Fraser, Richard Easton and Jeremy ShamosELLING is currently in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street), will open this Sunday, November 21 and will play a strictly limited engagement through March 20, 2011.

A Character He Can Sink His Phobias Into

BY JOYCE WADLER

The New York Times

November 14, 2010

NEXT weekend the Tony Award-winning actor Denis O’Hare opens on Broadway in “Elling,” playing an anxious mental patient trying to re-enter society. But if you’re a fan of the HBO series “True Blood,” in which he plays the arrogant and acerbic Russell Edgington, the vampire king of Mississippi, what you no doubt want to hear about are his fangs. Continue reading

Broadway’s Elling on NY-1 this weekend

Tune in to see

Cast of the new Broadway comedy ELLING,

On NY-1 “On Stage”

This weekend

Tune in to NY-1 “On Stage this weekend to catch interviews with the cast of Broadway’s new comedy ELLING, starring Brendan Fraser, Denis O’Hare, Jennifer Coolidge, Richard Easton and Jeremy Shamos, this weekend.  ELLING is now playing at the 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.  NY-1’s “On Stage” segment airs Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14 at 9:30AM and 7:30PM, and Monday, November 15 at 9:30PM and 12:30am. Continue reading