Lindsay Lohan's Latest Comeback: Prepping for West End Role Originated by Madonna

Jeremy Blacklow
Yahoo Celebrity
Lindsay Lohan on the streets of London (Getty Images/Splash News)
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Lindsay Lohan on the streets of London (Getty Images/Splash News)

Will Lindsay Lohan take London?

Ever since late April, when the 27-year-old actress revealed she had a miscarriage on the season finale of her OWN docu-series, Lohan has been noticeably missing in action in the U.S.

Yahoo has confirmed that, for the past two months, Lohan has been in London plotting her next move. Today, a source close to the actress confirmed that Lohan would appear this November in a West End revival of David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow.

"She's been in London really trying to get her life together and got to meeting with a bunch of agents and managers and it just came together," the source says. "She's been studying for the role for over a month."

"It's the first time I've done a stage play or anything like that," Lohan told The New York Times about taking on the challenge of live theater. "I'm nervous but I'm excited."

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"I'm going back to my West End world," she continued. "I'm a little overwhelmed. I haven't done this — I haven't really done the shows — in the last few years."

Lohan's latest comeback vehicle is a curious choice. Speed-the-Plow — a three-person play that premiered on Broadway in 1988 — is a Hollywood satire centering on two male studio executives who make a wager over whether one can sleep with a secretary. The show was nominated for two Tonys, including Best Play.

But the original is best remembered for being the Broadway debut of Madonna, who originated the play's sole female role of the secretary, Karen. (Karen has also been played by the likes of Alicia Silverstone and Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss.)

Of Madonna's performance, New York Times theater critic Frank Rich said, "It's a relief to report that this rock star's performance is safely removed from her own Hollywood persona. Madonna serves Mr. Mamet's play ... with intelligent, scrupulously disciplined comic acting. She delivers the shocking transitions essential to the action and needs only more confidence to relax a bit and fully command her speaking voice."

"Safely removed from her own Hollywood persona," eh? Seems like a good goal for Lohan to aspire.