Monday, August 23, 2004

Shields heads back to Broadway

Brooke Shields will soon be joining the cast of the Broadway revival of Wonderful Town.

Shields will replace Donna Murphy on Sept. 28 as writer Ruth Sherwood, a young woman from Ohio determined to make it big in New York in the 1930s.

The musical, which has a score by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, was first done on Broadway in 1953 with Rosalind Russell in the leading role. The revival opened in November and won a Tony Award for best choreography for its director-choreographer Kathleen Marshall.

Shields has worked on Broadway before, taking over for Rosie O'Donnell as Rizzo in the revival of Grease. She also played Sally Bowles in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Cabaret.

The actress has appeared in such movies as Pretty Baby, The Blue Lagoon and King of the Gypsies and starred in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan.

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