Brendan Fraser Crash, Gods and Monsters, and critically hailed in the West End's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Denis O'Hare Take Me Out -Tony Award-winner, HBO's "True Blood" star in ELLING on Broadway with Jennifer Coolidge Broadway's The Women, American Pie, Best in Show Richard Easton The Invention of Love - Tony Award-winner, The Coast of Utopia, Noises Off and Jeremy Shamos The Rivals, Reckless. The critically acclaimed new comedy from London, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes Doubt, Mrs. Warren's Profession, ELLING began performances Tuesday, November 2 and will open Sunday, November 21 on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre 243 West 47th Street and will play a strictly limited engagement through March 20, 2011.
The design team is comprised of Scott Pask set, Catherine Zuber costume, Kenneth Posner lighting and David Van Tieghem composer/sound designer.
ELLING is based on the popular original novels by Ingvar Ambjørnsen and adapted for the Oscar nominated film and the stage by Axel Hellstenius and Petter Næss, in a new English adaptation by critically hailed writer Simon Bent. ELLING played the West End and was nominated for the Lawrence Olivier Award for Comedy of the Year.
Set in the current day, ELLING is a comedy about a wildly mismatched pair of roommates trying to embrace life, love, friendship, pizza, poetry and women. Denis O'Hare plays obsessive/compulsive Elling. Brendan Fraser, plays the wildly enthusiastic gentle giant Kjell.Jennifer Coolidge plays Reidun, the object of Kjell's considerable affection, Richard Easton plays Alfons, Elling's unlikely poet mentor and Jeremy Shamos plays Frank, an inquisitive social worker. ELLING had a critically acclaimed stage premiere at the Bush Theatre in London and transferred to the West End.