More Trumbos for Trumbo; Vidal and Durning to Star in Off-Broadway Show

News   More Trumbos for Trumbo; Vidal and Durning to Star in Off-Broadway Show
Current Trumbo star F. Murray Abraham and upcoming star Brian Dennehy once again lengthen their stays in the title role of the Off-Broadway play while Gore Vidal and Charles Durning are added to star.
Charles Durning.
Charles Durning.

Abraham, who just extended his stint to Oct. 5, will now end his run Oct. 12. Dennehy will assume the role for four weeks, now playing Oct. 14-Nov. 9. Vidal, who was to replace Nathan Lane in the lead role, will now play Nov. 11-16 and Durning joins the list of stars for a Dec. 2-7 run. Gordon MacDonald, who currently reprises the show's other role of Narrator/Christopher will continue through Vidal's stint.

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.

Academy Award winner Abraham, who earned an Oscar for Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus" as composer Antonio Salieri, appeared in the Encores! presentation of New Moon as well as 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 and another for Death of a Salesman.

Novelist Vidal wrote "Williwaw", "The City and the Pillar" and "The Golden Age." As a playwright, his work includes Visit to a Small Planet, Weekend, An Evening with Richard Nixon and The Best Man. Vidal has also acted before in the films "Gattaca," "Bob Roberts" and "With Honors". Durning recently starred in the Charles Nelson Reilly-directed staging of Harvey. Other credits include The Gin Game, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Inherit the Wind, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and That Championship Season.

Lane began in the Dalton Trumbo homage for this run 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.

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.

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