Cobie Smulders, Kate Burton Join Kevin Kline in Broadway's 'Present Laughter'
Tony nominee Kristine Nielsen will also be featured in the Noel Coward revival, opening April 5 at the St. James Theatre.
Cobie Smulders, Kate Burton and Kristine Nielsen are joining Kevin Kline in the Broadway revival of Present Laughter, producer Jordan Roth announced Friday.
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, the limited engagement of the Noel Coward comedy begins previews on March 10 before its official opening April 5 at the St. James Theatre.
"Casting one leading lady to match Kevin’s astounding talent, style and commitment would have been a daunting-enough feat. Casting three seemed like complete madness," said Roth in a statement. "How lucky we are to have found Kate, Kristine and Cobie to complete this Coward comedy dream team."
Present Laughter centers on Garry Essendine, a self-obsessed actor caught up in a mid-life crisis. The play first premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre in 1946, following a wartime tour starring Coward himself. Kline, who was last on Broadway in a 2007 production of Cyrano de Bergerac, will join a list of accomplished actors who have played the role, including Albert Finney, Peter O’Toole and Ian McKellen. Victor Garber played the part in 2010, the comedy's most recent Broadway revival.
Making her Broadway debut, Smulders jumps from her onscreen roles in Marvel films and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, as well as her nine-season run on How I Met Your Mother, to play Joanna Lyppiatt in the Broadway revival. She previously appeared in the off-Broadway production of Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron.
Casting Burton as Liz Essendine marks a homecoming for the actress, who returns to the play after making her Broadway debut in the 1982 revival, opposite George C. Scott as Garry. She has since been Tony-nominated for her performances in Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man and The Constant Wife, and Emmy-nominated for her roles on TV's Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
Nielsen, who will play Monica Reed, nabbed a Tony nomination in 2013's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Her other Broadway credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Dangerous Liaisons and You Can’t Take It With You.