John Lithgow Returning to Broadway in “The Columnist”

The MTC (Manhattan Theater Club) just announced that Tony Award Winner John Lithgow is returning to Broadway in The Columnist.

Written by David Auburn and directed by Daniel Sullivan, the show is about Joe. He’s “beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world at whose center he sits. But as the ’60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well.”

The show begins performance April 3rd and opens April 25th at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Click below for the press release.

 

 

MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB ANNOUNCES TONY AND EMMY AWARD WINNER JOHN LITHGOW

RETURNS TO BROADWAY IN THE COLUMNIST BY DAVID AUBURN

DIRECTED BY DANIEL SULLIVAN

PERFORMANCES BEGIN TUESDAY, APRIL 3 AND OPEN WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25 AT MTC’S SAMUEL J. FRIEDMAN THEATRE

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow returns to Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere production of THE COLUMNIST by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn, directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. In this new play, Lithgow plays noted newspaper columnist Joseph Alsop. This limited engagement will begin previews on Tuesday, April 3 and open Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Lithgow is an acclaimed actor, author, musician, and director. He has received two Tony Awards, for the 2002 musical The Sweet Smell of Success, where he played another notable columnist ‘J.J. Hunsecker,’ and 1973 for his Broadway debut in The Changing Room. He has received five Emmy Awards, most recently for his acclaimed work in Showtime’s “Dexter” for which he also received a Golden Globe Award. He has appeared in over 30 motion pictures and received two Oscar nominations for The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment. In September, HarperCollins will release Lithgow’s memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education.

Columnists are kings in midcentury America and Joseph Alsop (Lithgow) wears the crown. Joe is beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world at whose center he sits. But as the ’60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well.

David Auburn, whose Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Proof dazzled audiences and critics alike, returns to MTC with this fascinating new work to be directed by his Proof collaborator Daniel Sullivan.

Additional listings information for the production will be announced in the coming weeks. Subscriptions to MTC’s 2011-2012 season are available online at www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com. Single tickets to THE COLUMNIST will be available beginning Tuesday, September 6.

In addition to THE COLUMNIST, MTC’s Broadway season at the Friedman Theatre will include the Broadway premiere of VENUS IN FUR by David Ives, directed by Walter Bobbie, starring Nina Arianda and the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play WIT by Margaret Edson, directed by Lynne Meadow, starring Cynthia Nixon.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past three decades, MTC productions have earned a total of 18 Tony Awards and six Pulitzer Prizes, an accomplishment unparalleled by a New York theatrical institution. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and an Off-Broadway theatre at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; The American Plan; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Translations; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’

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