Kim Cattrall, Paul Gross to Bare Private Lives on Broadway

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After their upcoming fall run at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre, Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City's ageless vamp, and Due South's Paul Gross are scheduled to take their production of Private Lives to Broadway.

For Cattrall, you could call it a double homecoming. The actress was born in Liverpool but raised in British Columbia; she earned her Actors' Equity union card in Toronto. When starting out, she told CBC News, "I worked at the Vancouver Cultural Centre doing lunchtime theatre."

But for her best-known character, SATC's Samantha, it's the show's ultimate touchdown - the Big Apple - where she'll be homecoming queen.
The role of Amanda in Noël Coward's classic comedy of manners is already old hat for Cattrall (not that anyone on SATC would have ever worn an old hat). The actress won wide praise for her performance in London's West End last year. The Times wrote that she "combines allure with the mulishness of a woman who knows her own mind as well as her own body," while the Guardian noted the star's "shimmering Monroesque allure." All of which makes perfect sense for the 1920s milieu of Private Lives: "a very glamourous time," as the actress put it.

If Cattrall shares the same chemistry with Gross that she had with Matthew Macfadyen in London, theatergoers in Toronto and New York have some seriously smoldering comedy to look forward to.

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Jon Sobel is a freelance writer, web editor, theater and music critic, marketing writer, and musician. His newest project is the blog Park Odyssey, where he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City - over a thousand of them.

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