Katie Holmes’s Castmates on Broadway Announced

Last time Katie Holmes was on Broadway, in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, she was the lowest-wattage member of an ensemble that included Dianne Wiest, John Lithgow, and Patrick Wilson.

My, how things change!

The unwilling Vanity Fair cover girl and tabloid culture’s summer star is to appear in the new play Dead Accounts, which just announced its full cast. Ms. Holmes has surrounded herself with a coterie of respected performers significantly less renowned for non-artistic endeavors. The male lead is Norbert Leo Butz, a two-time Tony-winner; the other stars are prolific character actress Judy Greer, Coast of Utopia star Josh Hamilton, and Tony nominee Jayne Houdyshell, who just appeared in Broadway’s Follies.

It seems that Ms. Holmes is interested in reinventing herself as a real Broadway actress–that All My Sons, with its all-movie-star cast and classic script, was a significantly  safer bet than Dead Accounts. Since the newly divorced, newly intriguing actress is sure to sell tickets on her own merits, choosing a new play with less famous performers is a good way to use her fame for good–all while ensuring she’ll be the one in the spotlight throughout.