Eric McCormack returns to NY stage

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Eric McCormack, star of the long-running television comedy Will & Grace, will appear in the US premiere of a new Neil LaBute play, taking over a role played in London last year by another well-known TV actor, former Friends star David Schwimmer.

McCormack, who plays lawyer Will Truman in the gay-themed NBC sitcom, will play the character of Man in Some Girl(s), about a soon-to-be-engaged man who pays a last visit to four ex-girlfriends, the producers said Friday.

The play is set to open on June 8 at the off-Broadway Lucille Lortel Theater. It will be directed by Jo Bonney, who also directed LaBute's critically acclaimed Fat Pig in New York in 2004.

That was the story of a man who reluctantly falls in love with a fat woman but is embarrassed by her size.

LaBute, whose film directing credits include Nurse Betty and Possession, is best known for his 1997 film In the Company of Men, the controversial story of two men who plot to humiliate a naive deaf woman for fun.

The series finale of Will & Grace is due to air on May 18, the day after McCormack starts previews of the new play.

McCormack appeared on Broadway in 2001 in The Music Man and the following year made several cameo appearances in The Play What I Wrote, directed by Kenneth Branagh.

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