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NEW YORK — Amber Tamblyn will play a Southern orphan in small town Mississippi, looking to clean up her tarnished reputation via a beauty pageant, in Beth Henley‘s 1984 comedy, The Miss Firecracker Contest.
Scheduled to open in spring 2013 at a theater to be announced, the production will mark the Broadway debut of Tamblyn, best known for her network television roles on Joan of Arcadia and House M.D. She will next be seen onscreen in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained.
Judith Ivey will make her Broadway directing debut on the play. Currently appearing in The Heiress, with Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn and Dan Stevens, the two-time Tony Award winning actress has staged numerous productions Off Broadway and in regional theaters.
Tamblyn will play Carnelle Scott in the comedy by Pulitzer winner Henley (Crimes of the Heart). Carnelle’s plans to win the contest with a patriotic tap dance are threatened by the unexpected arrival in town of her cousin, a former Miss Firecracker Queen, and that woman’s eccentric brother, recently released from a mental institution.
In its 1984 Off Broadway premiere, the play starred Holly Hunter, who went on to reprise the role in a 1989 film version, alongside Mary Steenburgen and Tim Robbins.
Lead producer on the upcoming Broadway staging is Hop Theatricals, which has been involved in recent seasons in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and the Green Day musical American Idiot. Hop also is slated to bring Eric Coble‘s play The Velocity of Autumn to Broadway in the spring, starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella.
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