Today in showbiz news: Debra Messing, male strippers, and Fred Thompson are all going to Broadway (in separate shows), while the Sundance Channel is getting in the Jason Momoa (the really ripped guy on Game of Thrones) business.
[Note: While Richard Lawson is off busy memorizing all the offspring of Poseidon (Triton, Benthesikyme… Rhode… Herophile the Sibyl…), we have a guest showbiz news rounder-upper.]
Debra Messing, who recently starred in the pseudo-Broadway musical television series Smash, is heading to the real Broadway for the first time. The actress will be appearing alongside Brian F. O’Byrne in Doubt and Moonstruck writer John Patrick Shanley's new play, a romance titled Outside Mullingar. Messing will play a woman in rural Ireland infatuated with her cattle farmer neighbor (O’Byrne). The world will find out if Debra Messing can pull off an Irish accent when the play begins its run in January. [The Wrap]
Somehow, a Magic Mike musical actually moving forward (see below) is far from today's strangest piece of Broadway news; that honor goes to the story of Fred Thompson, the Republican senator turned Law & Order actor turned failed presidential candidate turned occasional Good Wife actor will be making his Broadway debut. Thompson is joining the adaptation of John Grisham's legal thriller A Time to Kill, in which he'll play the judge. The former politician is starring alongside Sebastian Arcelus and John Douglas Thompson, an English actor of no relation to Fred Thompson. Previews of A Time to Kill begin at the end of September with the full opening happening a few weeks later in October. [The Wrap / AP]