Harry Connick, Jr. to Star in 'The Sting' Musical

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Harry Connick, Jr.

The Broadway-bound show, based on the 1973 best picture Oscar winner, will premiere March 29-April 29 at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey.

Harry Connick, Jr. is set to star in the world-premiere musical stage production of The Sting.

Connick will play career conman Henry Gondorff, the role made famous by Paul Newman in the 1973 George Roy Hill film, which took home seven Oscars including best picture. The story centers on Gondorff and small-town grifter Johnny Hooker (the role played by Robert Redford in the film) as they plot to bring down Chicago's most corrupt racketeer in the 1930s.

The production is being billed as a pre-Broadway engagement. Additional casting, including the co-starring role of Johnny Hooker, is to be announced.

Helmed by Tony nominee John Rando and choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle, the new musical will premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey, for a limited run from March 29 through April 29.

Connick is no stranger to live theater; he made his Broadway acting debut in The Pajama Game in 2006, landing a Tony nomination for best actor in a musical. He also was nominated for best original score in 2002 for Thou Shalt Not, for which he wrote the music and lyrics.

Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) wrote the book for The Sting, based on David S. Ward's Oscar-winning screenplay; music and lyrics are by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis, with Connick. In addition, the show will feature the Scott Joplin ragtime classic "The Entertainer," which was re-popularized by the movie.

The Sting will be produced on Broadway by The Araca Group and Matthew Gross Entertainment, by special arrangement with Universal Theatrical Group.

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