F. Murray Abraham and Brian Dennehy To Star as Trumbo Off-Broadway

News   F. Murray Abraham and Brian Dennehy To Star as Trumbo Off-Broadway Academy Award-winning F. Murray Abraham and Tony Award-winning Brian Dennehy will play the title role in the Off-Broadway run of Trumbo.

Abraham plays Sept. 23-28, replacing the previously announced Gore Vidal, who is unable to appear due to a family emergency. Dennehy will take on the role, Oct. 21-Nov. 2. Other stars are expected to join the play for limited engagements.

Abraham, who earned his Oscar in the movie version of Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" as composer Antonio Salieri, recently appeared in the Encores! presentation of New Moon. His other stage credits include Triumph of Love, A Month in the Country, Angels in America, King Lear and The Fantasticks.

Dennehy won last season's Tony Award for his performance in the Tony Award winning revival of Long Day's Journey Into Night. His other Broadway appearances include Translations and another Tony-winning turn in Death of a Salesman.

Lane currently stars in the Dalton Trumbo homage at the Westside Theatre — where it ran earlier this year with a rotating cast of stars. The new open-ended Off-Broadway engagement opened began Aug. 26 and opened Sept. 4.

Gordon MacDonald, who currently reprises the show's other role of Narrator/ Christopher — which he played during the previous run — will continue through Abraham's stint. Lane exits Sept. 21. Culled from the letters of the legendary blacklisted screenwriter, Trumbo tells the story of one of the "Hollywood Ten" who went before the House Un-American Activities Committee. After refusing to answer questions about his political affiliations, Trumbo was fired from MGM and imprisoned for a year. Peter Askin (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sexaholix... a love story) directs.

The play's focus, Trumbo, wrote such screenplays as "The Brave One," "Exodus," "Spartacus," "Roman Holiday," and "Papillon" as well as the novel "Johnny Got His Gun."

Lane was among the rotating cast of actors who played the title role in the prior engagement. Actors Ed Harris, Chris Cooper, Alec Baldwin, Eddie Izzard, Tim Robbins, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Irwin and Aidan Quinn also portrayed the title character. Paul Giamatti, Michael Silver and MacDonald alternately played the show's other role.

For tickets to the new run of Trumbo, at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., call (212) 239-6200 or click here.

Future <i>Trumbo</i> stars F. Murray Abraham and Brian Dennehy.
Future Trumbo stars F. Murray Abraham and Brian Dennehy.