By Matthew Blank
16 May 2012
The 1973 production of The Changing Room marked Lithgow's Broadway debut, winning him a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
He has since played over 20 roles on Broadway, earning additional Tony nominations for Requiem for a Heavyweight, M. Butterfly and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
The Columnist, David Auburn's character study about the complexities and contradictions in the life and work of the late political journalist Joseph Alsop, opened in its Broadway world premiere April 25 following previews from April 4. Two-time Tony Award winner John Lithgow plays the powerful writer in this fictionalized biography.
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) as Abigail's boyfriend. The action takes place in the 1960s. It opens in a Moscow hotel room, where Alsop has just enjoyed a liaison with a young Russian man.
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).
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The 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 2001 Tony for directing Proof, again shepherds Auburn's play.