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Broadway to see revival of "The Country Girl"

"The Country Girl" has returned to Broadway thanks to Mike Nichols.

The production will open in April at a Shubert theater, Ostar Productions and Bob Boyett said Tuesday. The date and theater will be announced later.

The play, first seen on Broadway in 1950, concerns a down-on-his-luck actor, played by Freeman, who is offered a comeback chance by a hotshot director (Gallagher). McDormand portrays the actor's wife. A 1954 movie version starred Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and William Holden.

Nichols' last directing assignment on Broadway was the hit musical "Monty Python's Spamalot."

Freeman costarred with Dana Ivey in the original off-Broadway production of "Driving Miss Daisy" and later appeared in the movie with Jessica Tandy. His upcoming films include "Gone Baby Gone" and the latest chapter in the Batman series, "The Dark Knight."

Gallagher was seen in the television series, "The O.C.," as well as in Broadway revivals of "Guys and Dolls" and "Noises Off." McDormand is best known for her roles in such movies as "Fargo" (for which she won an Academy Award), "Mississippi Burning," "Almost Famous" and "North Country."