The Columnist, Starring John Lithgow, Ends Broadway Run

News   The Columnist, Starring John Lithgow, Ends Broadway Run
 
The world-premiere Broadway engagement of David Auburn's The Columnist, starring 2012 Tony Award nominee John Lithgow, ended its limited run as scheduled on July 8. The closing date represented its third extension by Manhattan Theatre Club.

John Lithgow and Margaret Colin in The Columnist.
John Lithgow and Margaret Colin in The Columnist. Photo by Joan Marcus

The MTC production played the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street. At close, the story of political columnist Joseph Alsop played 86 regular performances and 23 previews. Director Daniel Sullivan reunited with Auburn following their Tony-winning efforts on Proof.

Here's how MTC characterized the play by Pulitzer Prize winner Auburn: "Columnists are kings in midcentury America and Joseph Alsop 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."

For his turn as conservative columnist Joseph Alsop, Tony and Emmy winner Lithgow was Tony-nominated as Best Actor in a Play. Read the recent Playbill magazine interview with Lithgow

The Columnist  also starred Drama Desk Award nominee Margaret Colin, four-time Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines, Tony Award nominee Stephen Kunken (Enron, Proof, Frost/Nixon), Marc Bonan (Broadway debut), Grace Gummer ("Smash," Arcadia) and Brian J. Smith (MTC's Come Back, Little Sheba; "Stargate Universe").

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

For more information, visit ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

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