The fabulously glamorous Belle Poitrine has found her final suitor. Broadway mainstay Tony Yazbeck will join previously announced Tony winner Christian Borle in the forthcoming Encores! production of Little Me, presented by New York’s City Center. Yazbeck will play George Musgrove, a childhood admirer of screen star Belle Poitrine, while Borle will play all seven of the other oddball men in Belle’s life. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, Little Me will play from February 5 through 9, 2014.
Yazbeck’s Broadway credits include White Christmas, Chicago, Never Gonna Dance, Oklahoma! and both the 1989 and 2009 productions of Gypsy. The actor, singer and dancer is no stranger to Encores!, having appeared in its On the Town, The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Pardon My English and Gypsy. He is gearing up to star in Barry Manilow’s Harmony at the Alliance and Ahmanson Theatres.
The musical comedy tells the story of—you guessed it—Belle Poitrine, a self-invented celebrity who has devoted her life to the pursuit of wealth, culture and social position. Her many wacky lovers range from an innocent college boy to an octogenarian lecher to the dying king of a tiny European country that doesn’t seem to exist. Little Me premiered in November 1962, featuring Sid Caesar as the seven lovers. The musical was revived in 1982 and 1998—in the most recent revival, Martin Short earned a Tony Award for Best Actor.