(David Ng’s article appeared in the L.A. Times, 10/21; the video clip refers to the L.A. production.)

Call it daredevil casting, a shameless box-office ploy or the producers' implicit acknowledgement that they have a tough sell on their hands.

Thursday's announcement that funnyman Robin Williams will star in the Broadway production of "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" will no doubt cause a good deal of headscratching for those who saw the dark and violent war drama when it ran in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre.

"Bengal Tiger," written by Rajiv Joseph, is scheduled to open on March 31 at a still undetermined Broadway theater. Moises Kaufman, who directed the L.A. productions, will return to stage the New York version.

via latimesblogs.latimes.com

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