Barrymore's Ghost at the Belasco

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How appropriate that Nicol Williamson should appear at the Belasco Theatre in a new one-man play called Jack -- A Night on the Town with John Barrymore, written by himself and Leslie Megahey. In his last Broadway appearance, the actor played the ghost of John Barrymore in Paul Rudnick's play, I Hate Hamlet.

In the current play Williamson is very much alive as Barrymore -- the Great Profile -- during the years when he glorified Broadway with his famed Hamlet, Richard III, The Jest, Peter Ibbetson and many other productions, then went on to Hollywood fame and three highly publicized marriages.

Ironically, Barrymore's last Broadway appearance was at the Belasco Theatre in the poorly received 1939 play, My Dear Children. The three Barrymores -- John, Ethel and Lionel -- were also immortalized in The Royal Family.

The production is directed by Megahey, with a set by Bethia Jane Green and lighting by Richard Winkler. It is produced by Meridian Theatrical Inc. -- By Louis Botto

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