PHOTO CALL: John Lithgow Stars in David Auburn's The Columnist on Broadway

News   PHOTO CALL: John Lithgow Stars in David Auburn's The Columnist on Broadway
 
The Columnist, David Auburn's character study about the complexities and contradictions in the life and work of the late conservative journalist Joseph Alsop, got its first performance on Broadway April 4. Two-time Tony Award winner John Lithgow plays the powerful writer in this fictionalized biography.

The world-premiere staging is produced by Manhattan Theatre Club at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. MTC launched the premiere of Auburn's Proof Off-Broadway. The play transferred to Broadway, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award, toured and became a film. Daniel Sullivan, who won the 2011 Tony for directing Proof, again shepherds Auburn's play.

MTC bills the new work this way: "Columnists are kings in mid-century America and Joseph Alsop (Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow) wears the crown. Joe is beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world at whose center he sits. But as the '60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well."

The company of The Columnist also includes Tony Award nominee Stephen Kunken (Enron, Frost/Nixon, Rock 'n' Roll) as liberal journalist David Halberstam; Grace Gummer (Arcadia, "Smash") as Alsop's stepdaughter, Abigail; Brian J. Smith (Come Back, Little Sheba) as Andrei, a young Russian man; Margaret Colin (Arcadia, MTC's Defiance) as wife Susan Alsop; four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines (Gypsy, She Loves Me, Contact) as brother and co-columnist Stewart Alsop; and Marc Bonan (making his Broadway debut). Opening is April 25. The limited engagement plays to June 17 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street.

The creative team includes John Lee Beatty (scenic design), Jess Goldstein (costume design), Kenneth Posner (lighting design), John Gromada (original music & sound design), Rocco DiSanti (projection design), and Charles G. LaPointe (hair and wig design).

The Columnist was developed with the support of Tennessee Repertory Theatre through its Ingram New Works Fellowship and Residency. The Columnist is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Ticket prices are $67-$121. Tickets are available by calling Telecharge at (212) 239-6200, online by visiting www.Telecharge.com, or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 W. 47th Street).

For more information on MTC, visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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