Baldwin, last seen in the Off-Broadway production of Trumbo, has donned the Broadway stage in the Loot, Serious Money and the benefit Short Talks on the Universe. The actor was nominated for a 1992 Tony Award for his turn in A Streetcar Named Desire. The Long Island native has also appeared in such films as David Mamet's "State and Main" and "Glengarry Glen Ross," Craig Lucas' "Prelude to a Kiss" (reprising his Off-Broadway role), "Pearl Harbor" and "Beetlejuice."
Twentieth Century is the 1932 comedy set aboard the title luxury train en route from Chicago to New York. In an effort to revive his failing career, a Broadway producer hops on the Twentieth-Century Limited to convince a famous movie actress to sign a contract with him.
The play originally opened at the Broadhurst Theatre and played for 152 performances. Twentieth Century was revived in 1950 starring Gloria Swanson and José Ferrer — who also directed. Being based itself on a play by Bruce Millholland, the show was later adapted into the 1978 Tony Award-winning musical On the Twentieth Century by Adolph Green, Betty Comden and Cy Coleman — starring John Cullum, Madeline Kahn, Kevin Kline and Imogene Coca.
Baldwin headed a cast opposite Jane Krakowski in an earlier Roundabout reading of the play with a revised script by Ken Ludwig of Lend Me a Tenor fame, according to Variety. Walter Bobbie directed the earlier reading.
The lean Ludwig revision will debut regionally at the respected Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA, under the direction of Eric Schaeffer in a run August-October. Roundabout Theatre Company subscriptions are currently available by calling (212) 719-1300 or online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.