David Mamet’s November now in production

Nathan Lane - NovemberDespite the ongoing stagehand strike, which hopefully may be resolved today, David Mamet’s new comedy, November, started rehearsals on Monday. It is scheduled to preview on December 20th, and open on January 17, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. It stars Nathan Lane, Laurie Metcalf, Dylan Baker, Michael Nichols and Ethan Phillips.

“Set just days before a major presidential election, November involves civil marriages, gambling casinos, lesbians, American Indians, presidential libraries, questionable pardons and campaign contributions.”

Nathan plays incumbent President Charles Smith, fighting for the unlikely chance to be re-elected. This marks Nathan’s third foray into the political arena. His first was as Congressman Charlie Lawrence, in the eponymous very short-lived sitcom. In 2008 he will be seen in Kevin Costner’s upcoming movie Swing Vote. All well-timed, no doubt, to coincide with the real presidential elections in November of 2008.

Tickets are already on sale, with ebay scalpers asking $250/ticket. Photos of the first rehearsal are available here, courtesy of BroadwayWorld.com.

(Photo by David Hume Kennerly)

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