Broadway's Columnist Extended Again; More Chances to See Tony Nominee John Lithgow

News   Broadway's Columnist Extended Again; More Chances to See Tony Nominee John Lithgow Manhattan Theatre Club's world-premiere production of The Columnist by David Auburn has been extended for a second time at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, now to July 1.

John Lithgow and Margaret Colin in The Columnist.
John Lithgow and Margaret Colin in The Columnist. Photo by Joan Marcus

Auburn won the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his earlier play, Proof. Daniel Sullivan, who won a Tony for directing Proof, directs.

John Lithgow has been nominated for a 2012 Best Actor Tony Award for his work as powerful, connected political columnist Joseph Alsop, whose hawkishness about Vietnam led to his downfall.

Read the recent Playbill Brief Encounter interview with Auburn.

The limited engagement of The Columnist also features Drama Desk Award nominee Margaret Colin, four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines, Tony Award nominee Stephen Kunken, Marc Bonan (Broadway debut), Grace Gummer ("Smash," Arcadia) and Brian J. Smith (MTC's Come Back, Little Sheba; "Stargate Universe").

Here's how MTC bills the play: "Columnists are kings in midcentury America and Joseph Alsop 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."

For more information on MTC, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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