Holbrook first brought his evocative characterization of the outspoken author of "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer," performing an always-changing repertoire of Twain's thoughts and writings, to the Balboa Theatre in 2008. He performs Mark Twain Tonight! every year throughout the country.
Mark Twain Tonight! made its New York bow Off-Broadway in 1954. Holbrook has since performed the show on Broadway in 1966 (a performance that earned him a Tony Award and a Drama Critics Circle Award), 1977 and 2005. He tours the show part of every year, and took it on a world tour in 1985 for the 100th anniversary of Twain's birth. Twain is in the news lately for the publication of his long-dormant memoir.
Holbrook's other Broadway credits include An American Daughter; Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?; I Never Sang for My Father; The Apple Tree; Man of La Mancha; The Glass Menagerie; Tartuffe; Incident at Vichy; Marco Millions; After the Fall; and Do You Know the Milky Way? He is a five-time Emmy Award winner and an Academy Award nominee for "Into the Wild."
According to Balboa, "Holbrook adds to his Twain material every year, editing and changing it to fit the times, and has mined over 16 hours of Twain with more coming all the time. He has no set program — he chooses material as he goes along."
Balboa Theatre is located at 868 Fourth Avenue in San Diego. For more information and tickets, visit sdbalboa.org.