Alfred Uhry Is Now Driving Mr. Dodsworth

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Dodsworth, Sidney Howard’s 1934 dramatization of Sinclair Lewis’ 1929 novel, is being brought up to 2010 speed by Alfred Uhry, and a reading of his overhauling was recently presented by Lincoln Center Theater for a possible revival.

Uhry and Howard are both Pulitzer Prize winners, respectively for Driving Miss Daisy and They Knew What They Wanted (musicalized into The Most Happy Fella), and Howard went to win an Oscar for “Gone With the Wind.”
John Lithgow is said to have excelled as the new Dodsworth, a middle-aged Midwest tycoon hurled into the choppy waters of the European elite by a very insistent wife.

That role kept Huston on Broadway longer than any other and got him an Oscar nod.

The original Howard adaptation will get its first New York revival May 15-June 6 at the Metropolitan Playhouse, with Michael Scott starring as the title character.

— Harry Haun

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