Big casting news this week on Broadway as Denzel Washington is announced as Brutus in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. The big-screen box office king hasn't been sighted on the Great White Way since 1988, when he appeared in the show Checkers. Playbill reports that the show will be opening in March at the Belasco. The current tenant is Dracula, which is struggling to stay alive and should probably see a closing notice posted imminently.

2004_11_artsreilly2.jpgBut Gothamist is actually much more excited about reading the news that John C. Reilly has landed one of the great acting roles in theater history. He's playing Stanley Kowalski in Tennesee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire opposite the amazing Natasha Richardson as Blanche DuBois. You can hear Reilly cry "Stella!" at Roundabout Theatre Company's Studio 54 beginning March 2005 and opening April 24, 2005, for a limited engagement currently slated through June 19, 2005. We really can't wait to see this pairing.