Broadway's Nathan Lane Stars Off-Broadway in Trumbo, May 12

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12 May 2003

Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
Tony Award winner Nathan Lane takes on the title role in Christopher Trumbo's new work Trumbo, May 12 opposite Gordon MacDonald in the rotating cast production at the Westside Theatre.

Lane, who has been making secret guest appearances in the current Broadway show The Play What I Wrote, won the Tony Award for his turnw in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Other credits include The Man Who Came to Dinner, Guys and Dolls, Love! Valour! Compassion! and Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Culled from the letters of legendary blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo β€” the playwright's father β€” Trumbo tells the story of one of the "Hollywood Ten" who went before the House Un-American Activities Committee. After refusing to answer questions about his political affiliations, Trumbo was fired from MGM and imprisoned for a year.

Peter Askin (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Sexaholix... a love story) directs the work presented by Claudia Catania and the Westside Theatre with the help of People For the American Way. The actors utilize a script-in-hand technique as employed in such other rotating cast works as The Vagina Monologues and The Guys.

The stagework's focus, Trumbo, wrote such screenplays as "The Brave One," "Exodus," "Spartacus," "Roman Holiday," and "Papillon" as well as the novel "Johnny Got His Gun."



Anthony LaPaglia, Bill Irwin and returning stars Richard Dreyfuss and Tim Robbins are also scheduled to play the title role. Actors Ed Harris, Chris Cooper, Alec Baldwin and Eddie Izzard were featured in previous performances. Paul Giamatti, Michael and MacDonald have alternately played the show's other role of son/narrator Christopher Trumbo. The current lineup is as follows:

  • LaPaglia (A View From the Bridge, "Empire Records") - May 19
  • Dreyfuss (Death and the Maiden, "Mr. Holland's Opus") - May 26
  • Irwin (Fool Moon, "My Blue Heaven") - June 2
  • Robbins (The Exonerated, "Bull Durham,") - June 9
    Future actors will be announced soon.

    For tickets to Trumbo at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd Street, call (212) 239-6200 or click here.