A couple of years ago, the West End version of David Hare's The Blue Room made headlines because Nicole Kidman revealed all, prompting one entertainment mag to advise on the best seats to savour the full view of the then Mrs. Cruise. So now that director/producer Anthony Leo has snagged the local rights to the play, everyone's asking him who's playing the Kidman part and how he got the rights. The answer to the first is Vanessa Hunt, a talented up-and-comer who's shone in several ensemble plays like Alumnae's Dancing At Lughnasa and last year's Fringe hit She Never Bought Me An Easy Bake Oven. She's paired in this modern adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's many-storied La Ronde with David Cook, who was one of the first guys seduced by the main lout in Showcase's Queer As Folk. As for getting the rights, Leo, who was working in London when the play opened, says he bought a copy at TheatreBooks one day, phoned publisher Samuel French and got approval. And the nudity? "The play is so good, you actually don't have to go that far if you don't want to," he teases. "I won't give you a play-by-play of the legendary scene 3, but yes, there is some adult content."
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