Here’s a pairing you don’t often hear in the same sentence: Daenerys Targaryen and Norm Peterson.
Yesterday we brought you the first photos of Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly from the new Broadway play Breakfast at Tiffany’s, based on the novella by Truman Capote. Now, a bit of casting news: George Wendt, best known for his Emmy-nominated turn on Cheers, has joined the show as Joe Bell, the bartender. In addition to Clarke and Wendt, the show will star Cory Michael Smith as Fred and will be directed by Sean Mathias with a script penned by Richard Greenberg, the Tony Award-winning writer of Take Me Out.
Wendt was last seen onstage in Re-Animator The Musical in Los Angeles, the New York Musical Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival; he last appeared on Broadway in Elf.
“The goal of this version is to return to the original setting of the novella, which is the New York of the Second World War, as well as to resume its tone — still stylish and romantic, yes, but rougher-edged and more candid than people generally remember,” Greenberg said in an earlier statement.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s officially opens March 20 at Cort Theatre.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this post stated that Wendt would be portraying Holly’s husband, Doc Golightly. The press release announcing that casting information has been corrected. He will be portraying Joe Bell.