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O'Dowd, Franco make Broadway debuts

Chris O'Dowd and James Franco are headed to Broadway, for a new revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men.

The pair will make their Broadway debuts as unlikely friends George Milton and Lennie Small in the upcoming stage adaptation, which will be directed by Anna D Shapiro, who won a Tony award for her production of August: Osage County.

Oz: The Great And Powerful actor James will play quick-witted and protective dreamer George, while Irish star Chris will portray his dim mate Lennie in the tragic tale of two migrant field workers seeking work in California during the Great Depression in the 1930s.

James announced his theatre plans when he appeared on TV show Colbert Report earlier this year, saying: "We're going to do Of Mice And Men on Broadway. I'm going to play George."

The play, which runs through to July 27, starts performances in March at the Longacre Theatre in New York, with the opening night scheduled for April 16.

The drama was last seen on Broadway almost 40 years ago in 1974, starring Kevin Conway as George and James Earl Jones as Lennie.

Of Mice And Men, which was published in 1937, has been adapted for the screen twice: in 1939, with Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney Jr, and in 1992 with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich in the lead roles.

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