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Anne Kaufman will direct the comedy-drama about the tricky ties of family, an award-winning off-Broadway hit in 1991-92. It was adapted into a 1996 film that starred Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn and Gwen Verdon.
Making her Broadway debut, Garofalo will play Lee, the single mother of a troubled teenage son and estranged sister of Bessie (Taylor), who has single-handedly taken care of their bedridden father and dotty Aunt Ruth (Weston) for almost 20 years. The sisters are reunited when Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant.
The production will begin previews June 8 at the American Airlines Theatre, with an official opening set for June 29. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through Aug. 27.
Taylor was last seen on Broadway in a 1997 Roundabout production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, while veteran actress Weston’s most recent Broadway role was in a 2000 revival of Sam Shepard’s True West that starred Philip Seymour Hoffman and John C. Reilly.
Marvin’s Room also will mark the Broadway directing debut for acclaimed off-Broadway regular Kauffman, with additional cast to be announced. Roundabout is presenting the play in association with David Binder and Sharon Karmazin.
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