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Julia Roberts to make Broadway debut

Oscar-winning actress to star in ‘Three Days of Rain’ in the spring
/ Source: The Associated Press

Julia Roberts, movie star, is heading to Broadway next spring.

The 37-year-old actress will make her Broadway debut in a revival of Richard Greenberg’s “Three Days of Rain.”

The production will begin a limited 12-week engagement next March at a theater to be named, producer David Stone confirmed Friday in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. He said the play, which Stone will co-produce with Marc Platt, will be directed by Joe Mantello.

No other details about “Three Days of Rain” were announced, although Stone said he was in California for casting discussions about the play’s two other roles.

“Joe and Julia spoke about which would be the best play to do, and they decided ‘Three Days of Rain’ was the best,” Stone said in explaining how the project came together. “It was a play they both felt passionately about.”

Mantello also directed the megahit “Wicked” — another Platt-Stone production — as well as “Take Me Out,” Greenberg’s Tony-winning drama about a gay baseball player. This fall, he will oversee the Nathan Lane-Matthew Broderick revival of “The Odd Couple,” opening on Broadway in October.

"Three Days of Rain” was first done in New York in 1997 at off-Broadway’s Manhattan Theatre Club. The play, a mysterious family drama, starred Patricia Clarkson, John Slattery and Bradley Whitford.

It is one of the first acting gigs Roberts has committed to since giving birth to twins last December. Her screen hits include “Pretty Woman,” “Steel Magnolias” and “Erin Brockovich” — for which she won an Oscar in 2001.