True Blood’s Denis O’Hare Talks Broadway Show Closing, New Projects

December 11, 2010 by  

‘Vampire King’ Remains Upbeat and In Demand

Denis O'Hare as 'Elling' and Brendan Fraser as 'Kjell' in Elling on Broadway

You may have heard the disappointing news that Denis O’Hare‘s (Russell Edgington) Broadway show Ellingclosed after just nine days. Despite especially glowing reviews for O’Hare’s performance in the title role, there simply was not a large enough audience filling the Ethel Barrymore theatre in which it was playing.

This is how the New York Times online announced the closing:

The new play Elling,” which opened on Sunday and stars Denis O’Hare (a Tony Award winner for “Take Me Out”) and Brendan Fraser (“The Mummy” movies), will close this Sunday after 22 previews and nine regular performances, a spokeswoman for the production said on Thursday. The play, about two roommates from a mental institution who are adjusting to life on the outside in Oslo, had a well-received run in London; the Broadway version…drew praise from theater critics for the performances — particularly Mr. O’Hare’s — but mixed reviews over all.

Mr. O’Hare, who is enjoying more success as a vampire king on the HBO series
“True Blood,” was among the first to put out the word that the show was closing. In a note on his Facebook page he wrote:

“If you want to see Elling, ya better hurry. We are being closed down this Sunday … yup. Our producers will go no further. Happy Thanksgiving!”

In the video (below) True Blood’s Russell Edgington is joined by his ‘Elling’ co-star Jennifer Coolidge, for a wide-ranging and rollicking  interview. With a wickedly deadpan sense of humor, O’Hare discusses the closing of his Broadway show and his full plate of upcoming projects as well as a host of other very diverse and often quite amusing subjects.

Upcoming Projects for O’Hare

Fans looking forward to more of  the upbeat and somewhat offbeat O’Hare need not wait long. He plays a Roman solider in the film,The Eagle’, due to be released in February 2011, as well as returning to the hit CBS series ‘The Good Wife‘ in his role as liberal judge, ‘Charles Abernathy’.

We here at wish Denis all the best in what are sure to be his numerous new endeavors!  Also, we hope to not have to wait too long to find out the ultimate fate of one of True Blood’s most memorable characters,Vampire King Russell Edgington!

Sources: – ”Elling’ to Close on Broadway’ – ‘Denis O’Hare and Jennifer Coolidge: A Hilarious Interview’

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