Brooks Ashmanskas, Katie Finneran, John Cullum, Randy Graff, Rory O'Malley Join Jim Parsons for Merton Roundabout Reading

News   Brooks Ashmanskas, Katie Finneran, John Cullum, Randy Graff, Rory O'Malley Join Jim Parsons for Merton Roundabout Reading Roundabout Theatre Company will welcome back four-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory,” Harvey) for a one-night-only reading of George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly's Merton of the Movies, to be directed by six-time Tony nominee Scott Ellis, Dec. 1 at 7 PM at Studio 54 (254 W. 54th Street).

Randy Graff
Randy Graff

Parsons will be joined by Brooks Ashmanskas (Jeff Baird), Tracee Chimo (Tessie Kearns), John Cullum (Amos G. Gashwiler), Richard Easton (J. Lester Montague), Katie Finneran (Beulah Baxter), Randy Graff (Casting Director), Richard Kind (Sigmund Rosenblatt), Rory O’Malley (Elmer Huff), Debra Jo Rupp (Mrs. Patterson), Peter Scolari (Weller) and David Turner (Harold Parmalee).

The reading is part of a tradition at Roundabout, offering star-studded benefit readings in order to support the diverse range of programming at the theatre. Past readings have included Intimate Apparel, Assassins, She Loves Me and A Little Night Music.

Here's how Merton of the Movies is billed: "It’s the golden era of silent motion pictures, and no one loves them more than Merton Gill, a naïve store clerk from a small town in Illinois. After taking an acting class—and determined to become a great dramatic actor—Merton uses his life’s savings to head to Hollywood. There’s only one problem: he can’t act. When a plucky young starlet and a manipulative movie executive see how inadvertently funny Merton’s earnest efforts are, they cast him in a comedy (that they tell him is a drama) and hilarity ensues!"

Tickets range from $100 to Benefactor tickets at $2,500. VIP and Benefactor levels will include admission to a post-show cast party.

To purchase and for more information call (212) 719-9393 or visit roundabouttheatre.org/merton.

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