Kelsey Grammer found a job.
Two weeks after ABC canceled his latest sitcom, Hank, Grammer was announced as one of the stars of a Broadway revival of the musical La Cage aux Folles.
Producer Sonia Friedman said a revival of the 1983 Jerry Herman-Harvey Fierstein musical will open April 18 at the Longacre Theatre in New York. It’s based on the current hit London production and will feature that show’s British star, Douglas Hodge. The director is Terry Johnson.
La Cage centers on the relationship between the gay transvestite club owner, portrayed by Grammer, and its drag star, the role played by Hodge.
Grammer, known best for playing Dr. Frasier Crane for some 20 years on the TV comedies Cheers and its spin-off, Frasier, had recently starred in and produced the TV comedy “Hank”, which was canceled earlier this month after less than one season.
“I had a wonderful experience playing Henry Higgins in the New York Philharmonic’s My Fair Lady in 2007, which made me long to perform in a musical on Broadway,” says Grammer. “Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein’s wonderfully funny and touching show is about being true to yourself and the challenges you face as a parent, as a spouse and as a family. I cannot wait to work with Douglas Hodge and to sing these magnificent songs every night.”
The 54-year-old can be heard singing in animated projects, such as The Simpsons and the 1997 movie Anastasia. He can also be heard on the theme for Frasier.
Grammer follows several celebrities who have contracted the Broadway bug. James Bond’s Daniel Craig and Wolverine’s Hugh Jackman are starring in the play A Steady Rain while Sopranos man James Gandolfini headed the cast of God of Carnage earlier this year.
The former sitcom star also acted in Shakespeare plays in the New York City Broadway theater district in the ’80s and in 2000, when he starred in Macbeth. The play closed early following lukewarm reviews, something that has been plaguing Grammer since his Frasier departure.
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