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In the key art for the Modern Family actor’s turn in Becky Mode’s one-man comedy, Ferguson stands terrified while wrapped in a sketched phone cord as Sam, a harried staffer manning the reservations phone line for a red-hot New York restaurant. He’s forced to juggle his own needs with those of demanding bosses, megalomaniacal chefs and a constant stream of socialites, celebrities and suits, all angling to score a table.
Ferguson will play more than 40 different characters in the show, which was first staged in New York in 1999 and will be updated by Mode for the new production to reflect the city’s ever-evolving foodie and restaurant culture. The play’s characters were developed by Mode and Mark Setlock, based on their experiences working in the upscale restaurant sector.
Directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect, Sisters), the play begins previews on April 2 before its April 26 opening at the Lyceum Theatre. It’s scheduled to run through July 24.
“I had the great privilege of seeing all the early conceptual ideas that the creative team came up with for the Fully Committed key art,” Ferguson tells THR. “This one was a unanimous favorite of the entire team, and it seems even more perfect as I continue to work on the 40-plus characters inhabited in Becky’s play. I couldn’t be more thrilled with it!”
The production marks Ferguson’s first Broadway role since his sitcom breakout in Modern Family, which has earned him five Emmy nominations. While the actor has appeared frequently in recent seasons of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park summer productions, his last Broadway run was in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, from 2005-2006.
Lead producers on the show are Barbara Whitman and Patrick Catullo, both of whom previously worked with Ferguson as producers on Spelling Bee.
See a close-up of the key art below.
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