Katie Holmes is jazzed about her new role in Theresa Rebeck’s “Dead Accounts” because “the characters are real and going through things that we as the audience really recognize,” she tells Entertainment Weekly in a new interview.
Holmes, who made her Broadway debut four years ago in “All My Sons,” has just begun rehearsals for the play, a dark comedy from the writer of “Seminar” and creator of NBC’s “Smash.” She plays Lorna, the uptight sister of a brilliant con man whose unexpected return home throws his family into a frenzy.
Norbert Leo Butz, a Tony winner for “Catch Me If You Can” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” plays her conniving sibling. Broadway stalwart Jack O’Brien (“Hairspray,” “The Coast of Utopia”) directs.
According to press notes, the play by Pultizer-finalist Rebeck “tackles the timely issues of corporate greed, small town values, and whether or not your family will always welcome you back…with no questions asked.”
Judging by her demeanor in EW’s new video interview, Holmes is ebullient about the opportunity to focus on something other than her standing as New York's most famous divorcee.
“What audiences are going to get is something different every night,” Holmes says. “I was very excited to work with Jack. And [Norbert]. I’m really thrilled. You’re in your dressing room, they say 'It’s Saturday night on Broadway!’ It’s so exciting!”
Director O’Brien (“Catch Me ...”) told EW: “Katie Holmes is a multi-layered, very sophisticated young woman, and I can’t wait to see the results.”
“Dead Accounts” also stars Judy Greer (“The Descendants”), Josh Hamilton (O’Brien’s “The Coast of Utopia”) and Jayne Houdyshell (“Follies” and “Well”). Previews begin Nov. 3, and tickets are now on sale at the Music Box Theatre box office.
Opening night is Nov. 29.