EW can confirm that Chris Colfer and Kevin Bacon are some of the latest names to be added to the star-studded cast of Dustin Lance Black’s Prop 8 play 8. Variety reports that John C. Reilly will also take part in the event.
The benefit one-night-only event at California’s Wilshire Ebell Theatre on March 3, which has been organized by the American Foundation for Equal Rights and Broadway Impact, chronicles the landmark 2010 trial that led the Federal Court to deem Prop 8 – which denied gay and lesbians in California their rights to marry – unconstitutional. (Black based the show on court documents and his interviews with the plaintiffs from the trial.)
Joining Colfer, Bacon, and Reilly for the California reading (which will be directed by founding AFER board member Rob Reiner) are George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Martin Sheen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Lynch, George Takei, Matthew Morrison, Campbell Brown, Yeardley Smith, and Matt Bomer. Bomer, as well as Reiner, also participated in the Broadway premiere of 8 back in September, which featured performers like Morgan Freeman, John Lithgow, Bradley Whitford, Ellen Barkin, Cheyenne Jackson, and Christine Lahti.
The show is slated to go on a national tour (sans the big name stars, however) throughout 2012.
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