Michael McKean is heading back to the stage for the first time since suffering an injury that forced him to withdraw from Broadway's The Best Man this summer. McKean will join the rotating cast of The Exonerated from October 2 through 7, alongside previously announced star Brooke Shields. Directed by Bob Balaban, the show currently plays off-Broadway's 45 Bleecker Street.
The Exonerated is a dramatization of the real-life stories of six individuals who were sentenced to death and later freed due to overwhelming evidence of their innocence. The production is culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and court records of individuals on death row.
Michael McKean has appeared on Broadway in The Homecoming, Superior Donuts, The Pajama Game, Hairspray and Accomplice. He was forced to depart The Best Man in May after he was hit by a car and suffered a broken leg. He is known for playing Leonard "Lenny" Kosnowski on the sitcom Laverne & Shirley and for his work in the Christopher Guest ensemble films, including This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and A Mighty Wind.
In addition to McKean and Shields, the production's non-rotating cast includes Jim Bracchitta as Prosecutor 2, Amelia Campbell as Sandra Cook, Bruce Kronenberg as Prosecutor 1, Curtis McClarin as David Keaton, April Yvette Thompson as Georgia Hayes and J.D. Williams as Robert Earl Hayes.