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Exclusive: Kirstie Alley–newly slimmed down, but still a dieting Scientologist–is planning a Broadway debut. I’m told that Kirstie has agreed to do a three month run in a new comedy, set for spring. The play would be produced by Lance Bass, formerly of NSync, and would possibly run at the Roundabout Theater. The Roundabout does short runs of new plays in its subscription series. Alley is only available for three months because she’s hopeful that her next TV series will be picked up in May and start production in the summer for a fall 2012 debut. I’m told that Bass and the producers are in “negotiations” with the Roundabout, which would bring the play to the old Studio 54 space. Alley–still running her Scientology-connected Organic Liaisons diet program –has a pilot for a new TV series shooting soon. Her last show, an A&E reality series, lasted one season. UPDATE: The Roundabout says the play is not coming to them. Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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