F. Murray Abraham Becomes Trumbo in Off-Broadway Homage, Sept. 23-28

News   F. Murray Abraham Becomes Trumbo in Off-Broadway Homage, Sept. 23-28 Academy Award-winning F. Murray Abraham assumes the title role in the Off-Broadway run of Trumbo, Sept. 23-28, replacing Nathan Lane as the blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.

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.

Trumbo, a son-to-father homage, plays 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 reprises the show's other role of Narrator/ Christopher — which he played during the previous run and throughout Lane's stint. Actor Brian Dennehy is scheduled to perform in the role, Oct. 21-Nov. 2. Other stars are expected to join the play for limited engagements.

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