The Tony Award-nominated company of Proof will lose one member of the family June 10, when Larry Bryggman leaves the cast.
The respected Bryggman, up for a Tony for Best Actor in a Featured Role, is the first to leave the four-character drama since it made its New York debut at Manhattan Theatre Club in spring 2000. The production moved intact to Broadway and captured the Pulitzer Prize for Drama earlier this year. All four cast members are Tony Award-nominated, as are playwright David Auburn and director Daniel Sullivan.
Bryggman's "day job" is playing Dr. John Dixon in TV's "As the World Turns." His replacement is Patrick Tovatt, an "ATWT" regular who played Cal Stricklyn for nine years on the CBS soaper. Tovatt, the understudy for Philip Bosco in Broadway's Copenhagen, begins performances June 12, a spokesman confirmed. Among his past theatre roles are Prospero in The Tempest, Claudius in Hamlet and Drummond in Inherit the Wind.
Tovatt will play the mentally-ill math professor whose daughter, Catherine (played by Mary-Louise Parker), may be afflicted with both his genius and illness. Johanna Day plays the older sibling, Claire, and Ben Shenkman plays Hal, a student of the professor.
Parker has said she will be continue with the Broadway production through Labor Day. On May 20, she won the Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play, and she's a favorite to win the Best Actress Tony. Proof continues at the Walter Kerr Theatre. A national tour begins in the 2001-2002. Casting for the tour has not been announced.