Jane Fonda returns to Broadway after four decades

NEW YORK Mon Nov 3, 2008 7:14pm EST

Actress Jane Fonda arrives for the taping of the American Film Institute's 36th Life Achievement Award gala honoring Warren Beatty at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California June 12, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Actress Jane Fonda arrives for the taping of the American Film Institute's 36th Life Achievement Award gala honoring Warren Beatty at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, California June 12, 2008.

Credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda will return to Broadway after a 46-year absence to perform in "33 Variations" in 2009.

The play written and directed by Moises Kaufman tells the story of Beethoven's fascination with a trivial waltz and the modern-day musicologist Katherine Brandt (Fonda) who sets out to discover the root of his obsession.

"I am very excited about being in Moises' new play. I can't wait to get back on stage with him in this role that I understand so well. It's been 40-some years!" Fonda said in a statement.

Fonda, 70, made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play "There Was a Little Girl" for which she earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured actress. Her last appearance on Broadway was in the 1963 drama "Strange Interlude."

The actress has won two best actress Academy Awards -- in 1979 for "Coming Home" and in 1972 for "Klute."

"33 Variations" is due to open on Broadway in early 2009.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Editing by Anthony Boadle)

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