EXCLUSIVE: The Bronx Tale creator and star has bowed out of the title role in a reading for potential investors tomorrow of Breaking Bobby Stone. General manager-turned-producer Aaron Grant says the departure was “purely for scheduling reasons.” Palminteri’s been replaced by Jeff McCarthy (Urinetown) as an eccentric, reclusive actor in the comedy by Ben Andron. Ben Platt — Benji from Pitch Perfect (and the upcoming sequel) and recent co-star of The Book Of Mormon — is cast as a determined journalist intent on getting an interview with Stone. The Midtown Manhattan reading is staged by veteran actor Peter Scolari.
The Ben Andron comedy is aiming for a theatrical run next season, says Grant, either directly on Broadway or in a limited off-Broadway run in anticipation of a move to the Street. An invited reading of the new comedy will take place at 3:30 P.M. on February 10 in midtown Manhattan; the curious can visit breakingbobbystone.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. “He brings a charm and pathos to the character that any writer would kill for,” Andron says of Platt, also co-starring in Jonathan Demme’s upcoming Ricki And The Flash.