Tony Nominee Thomas Sadoski Will Exit Other Desert Cities in January for Aaron Sorkin HBO Drama

News   Tony Nominee Thomas Sadoski Will Exit Other Desert Cities in January for Aaron Sorkin HBO Drama
 
Tony Award nominee Thomas Sadoski, who currently stars in the Broadway production of Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities, will depart the production following the Jan. 8, 2012, performance to be a part of the new Aaron Sorkin HBO series "The Newsroom."

Thomas Sadoski
Thomas Sadoski

Sadoski (Reasons to Be Pretty), who originated the role of Trip Wyeth in the Off-Broadway world premiere of Other Desert Cities at Lincoln Center Theater last season, is currently reprising his performance in the transfer of Baitz's heralded family drama.

He is scheduled to take a Dec. 5-25 hiatus from the production to begin shooting the first season of "The Newsroom," a new HBO series by Farnsworth Invention and Academy Award-winning "Social Network" scribe Sorkin. The cast also features Jeff Daniels, Allison Pill, Emily Mortimer and Sam Waterson.

Other Desert Cities recently announced an open-ended Broadway extension past its original closing date of Jan. 8, 2012. Sadoski told Playbill.com that he will return to the production for two weeks beginning Dec. 27, but will depart following the originally scheduled closing performance to continue work on "The Newsroom."

Understudy Matthew Risch, who co-starred with Other Desert Cities leading lady Stockard Channing in the Broadway revival of Pal Joey, will step in for Sadoski during the December dates. An official replacement to succeed Sadoski in the role has not been announced.

Much of the current cast is expected to remain with the production. Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (The Normal Heart, Wicked) directs the play. Tickets are currently on sale through March 25, 2012. Playbill.com reported Nov. 20 that Tony winner Channing (Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Blue Leaves), who plays the Wyeth family's tough-as-nails matriarch Polly, is taking a brief break from the production to undergo knee surgery. She is expected to return later this week.

The cast of Other Desert Cities also features Golden Globe winner Stacy Keach (Indians, "Hemingway") as Lyman Wyeth, Tony nominee Judith Light (Lombardi, "Ugly Betty") as Silda Grauman, Tony nominee Thomas Sadoski (Reasons to Be Pretty) as Trip Wyeth and Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers & Sisters") in her Broadway debut as Brooke Wyeth.

Here's how LCT bills the play: "In Other Desert Cities Brooke Wyeth (Griffiths), a once promising novelist, returns home after a six year absence to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former members of the Reagan inner-circle (Channing and Keach), her brother (Sadoski) and her aunt (Light). When Brooke announces that she is about to publish a memoir focusing on an explosive chapter in the family’s history, the holiday reunion is thrown into turmoil and the Wyeths are both bound together and torn apart as they struggle to come to terms with their past."

For tickets, priced $56.50-$126.50, visit Telecharge. A limited number of tickets priced $31.50 will be available at every performance through LincTix, LCT's new program for 21 to 35 year olds. For information and to enroll, visit LincTix.org.

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