The show replaces a previously announced production of David Rabe's Streamers, which will now be presented in November 2007. That production will be directed by Scott Ellis, who will be helming the Broadway production of Curtains this spring.
Present Laughter, which first bowed on Broadway in 1946, tells the comic story of Garry Essendine, a self-absorbed matinee idol. Clifton Webb starred in the original production. It has been revived three times on Broadway, with Coward, George C. Scott, and Frank Langella respectively playing the role of Essendine.
Garber is a four-time Tony Award nominee for Deathtrap, Little Me, Lend Me a Tenor, and Art. His many other Broadway credits include Sweeney Todd, Noises Off, Arcadia, and Two Shakespearean Actors. He will play Benjamin Stone in the upcoming City Center Encores! revival of Follies. He is well known for his television and film work, including Legally Blonde, Justice, and his Emmy Award-nominated role of Jack Bristow on Alias.