Jim Belushi hits the Broadway stage in 'Born Yesterday'
Jim Belushi, 56, says he's heading back to his roots by performing on Broadway in the new revival of "Born Yesterday" with "House" star Sean Leonard.
In the play, Belushi stars as Harry Brock, a corrupt businessman who is the sugar daddy to showgirl mistress Bellie (played by Nina Arianda) and in a tug-of-war over her with journalist Verrall (Leonard), whom he hired to educated Bellie Dawn.
The show is based on a play written by Garson Kanin in 1946 and was later adapted for the silver screen twice. The first was in 1950 and starred Judy Holiday as Bellie Dawn, who originated the role on stage, while the 1993 adaptation starred Melanie Griffith. There was also a 1989 revival of the play on Broadway which starred Madeline Kahn as Bellie Dawn and Ed Asner as Harry Brock.
The show officially opened on Sunday at the Cort Theatre in New York City and the former "According to Jim" told the Associated Press in a recent interview, "I'm rooted in the theater. Between sophomore year in high school and senior year in college, I did 40 plays."
He added, "Then I went into Second City. I'm at home on the boards."
Indeed, Belushi has a long list of stage credits on Broadway including his work in "Conversations With My Father," "True West," David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," and "The Pirates of Penzance."
The actor is currently on hiatus from "The Defenders" where he plays a Las Vegas lawyer opposite Jerry O'Connell.
"I think Jim is a riot," Leonard, who plays Dr. James Wilson on "House." "It's hard to find a guy who can be physically intimidating and menacing who is also a good actor."
Belushi is just one name of the long list of stars currently on Broadway including "Harry Potter" actor Daniel Radcliffe in a revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," Robin Williams in "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, " and John Leguizamo in his one-man stage show "Ghetto Klown."