The Single White Female star, who split from her director husband Noah Baumbach last month (Nov10), will head to New York next year (11) to join the dark comedy, about a frustrated zookeeper who dreams of finding fame as a songwriter.
Leigh, who made her debut on the New York stage in a 1998 production of musical Cabaret, will also join Eddie Falco in the cast of the David Cromer production.
Previews will begin on 4 April (11) at the Walter Kerr Theater and officially open on 25 April (11).
The production, directed by David Cromer and produced by Tony winner Scott Rudin, will open next autumn, a spokesman for the production said on Friday (17Sep10).
Kidman will portray Alexandra Del Lago, the ageing, drunken movie star played by Geraldine Page in the original 1959 production, which co-starred Paul Newman as her character's lover, gigolo Chance Wayne.
Newman also starred in a film version of the play and in the last Broadway revival in 1975.
Kidman previously caused a sensation when she stripped for a brief scene in Broadway's The Blue Room in 1998. The David Hare play - her Broadway debut - drew mixed reviews, reports the New York Post.
Further casting details had not been released as WENN went to press.
If it was death that kept "ER" at the top of the primetime ratings heap for the third consecutive week, it was life -- after a close call with the grim reaper -- that brought record ratings to David Letterman's "Late Show" on Monday.
While "ER" once again managed to fend off "Millionaire" mania, perhaps with a little help from Fox's Romanesque "Multimillionaire" debacle, the return of Letterman to late night had America tuned in, if only for now.
Letterman drew a 9.3 preliminary overnight rating -- some 19 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research -- as he walked on stage at New York's Ed Sullivan Theatre to host the show for the first time since he underwent open-heart surgery five weeks ago. (The show, broadcast Monday, was taped last Friday.) Letterman's brush with death delivered his third-biggest audience since his 1993 CBS debut. Even the self-proclaimed King of All Media, CBS's own Howard Stern, wasn't enough to spare Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" on NBC. With the bankable Stern making his first appearance on the "Tonight Show" in three years, Letterman still buried Leno. In the nation's 47 biggest markets, Letterman trounced his late-night rival by an unheard-of 98 percent.
So, CBS had its Monday, and NBC will always have its bloody Thursday. Last week's stabbed-dying-and-dead storyline on "ER" (the second in a two-part saga) fueled the show to an impressive 25.0 rating. (Each rating point represents a little more than 1 million TV homes.)
The expected death of Kellie Martin's popular "ER" character kept the show at No. 1 and floating above "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" -- though ABC's tribute to our darker impulses remained entrenched in the Top Five, nabbing the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 spots last week.
While the stampede is on for "Millionaire"-like shows, Fox rode its train wreck of a seven-figure special into the Top 20. At No. 17, "Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire [And Then Quickly Have It Annulled Just to Show Us You're Not a Complete Idiot]" caught the attention of 16 million viewers -- many of whom were just the type of folks you'd think would be outraged by this kind of thing, namely women ages 18 to 34.
"A lot of women want to marry someone rich," one female commentator told Newsweek. (Really? Well that explains it then.)
Since the gag is up and groom Rick Rockwell's restraining order is out, Fox says it's out of the nuptial-exploitation trade -- presumably until it realizes some desperate people out there will allow the network to video the honeymoon, as well.
Overall, ABC narrowly bested NBC for the weekly ratings crown. CBS ran third. NBC placed the most shows in the Top 10. In addition to "ER," it had the reliable "Friends" (No. 5) and double-barrel postings by both "Frasier" (No. 6 and 9) and "Law & Order" (No. 8 and 10).
Minus "Multimillionaire," Fox barely cracked the Top 20. Meanwhile, network wannabes UPN and the WB remained firmly in the middle of nowhere. Consider that "7th Heaven" was the WB's highest-charting show -- at a scorching No. 82, which meant it was tied with the UPN's progressive "WWF Smackdown."
Here's a complete rundown of the Top 10 for the TV week of Feb. 14-20, according to statistics compiled by Nielsen Media Research:
1. "ER," NBC 2. "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (Sun.), ABC 3. "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (Thurs.), ABC 4. "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (Tues.), ABC 5. "Friends," NBC 6. "Frasier," NBC 7. "The Practice," ABC 8. "Law & Order," (special) NBC 9. "Frasier," (special) NBC 10. "Law & Order," NBC
It worked for Rob Schneider. Why not Dana Carvey?
The popular "Saturday Night Live" alum, largely out of the public eye since his heart surgery in 1997, will get a helping hand in reviving his career from A-lister (and fellow ex-"SNL" guy) Adam Sandler. Today's Daily Variety says Sandler will produce a Disney comedy that will both star and be co-written by Carvey.
The comedian, best known for yukking it up as shy Garth to Mike Myers' metal-head Wayne in the "Wayne's World" sketches and big-screen movies, is in talks with the studio, Sandler and producing partner Jack Giarraputo. They're the team responsible for Schneider's surprise holiday hit "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo."
Mum's the word on the plot for Carvey's starring vehicle. But he'll get some notice as a supporting player in Sandler's upcoming comedy "Little Nicky." And if "Deuce's" $64 million domestic gross is any indication, the former Church Lady might be taking up a healthy collection.
Carvey underwent an angioplasty procedure in October 1997, at age 42. It was the capper on a down period for the comic, who flamed out professionally in 1996 with the ill-fated run of his ABC primetime vehicle "The Dana Carvey Show."
CAUGHT IN 'TRAFFIC': Harrison Ford and Catherine Zeta-Jones don't mind being stuck in Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic."
Trade-paper reports today say that the two stars have climbed aboard the Fox vehicle, which was once in danger of being junked. It's now parked at the studio's arthouse division, Fox Searchlight.
Ford will play a judge who becomes a U.S. drug czar. The film's based on the British miniseries "Traffik." Things get complicated when the judge's daughter becomes a serious crack cocaine and heroin addict.
The film is Ford's first foray into arthouse filmmaking. According to Variety, the actor will take a major pay cut from his usual $20 million fee. Shooting is set to begin April 2.
GIRLS IN THE 'HOUSE': Actresses Diane Lane and Leelee Sobieski will square off as mother-daughter rivals in "The Glass House." Variety says that the Columbia-based drama starts shooting this spring with television's Daniel Sackheim at the helm.
The 17-year-old Sobieski, last seen strutting in "Eyes Wide Shut," will star as a teen-ager taken in by a Malibu, Calif., couple after her parents die in a car accident.
'MONKEY' BUSINESS FOR NBC: "Dharma & Greg" star Thomas Gibson will be paid $1.5 million to monkey around in NBC's latest Hallmark Entertainment miniseries. The four-hour project, called "The Monkey King," co-stars Bai Ling. Russell Wong is in negotiations to play the title role.
The story, by "M Butterfly" playwright David Henry Hwang, is about a young American businessman and an academic who journey to China to do battle with mythical monsters.