The revival which was filmed by Thirteen/ WNET for its "Stage on Screen" series broadcast on the PBS flagship station features Nathan Lane and Jean Smart. The 2000 Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman's The Man Who Came to Dinner was staged at American Airlines Theatre under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks.
Hosted by Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson, the program aired in New York City. The production marked the premiere production at Roundabout's newly-opened AA Theatre formerly the Selwyn Theatre.
The 1939 comedy centered on a famous — and famously cranky — critic who causes misery in a provincial household where he is forced to convalesce after breaking his hip. The Lane character of Sheridan Whiteside was modeled after the critic Alexander Woollcott. The Sheldon character, played by Smart, is a thinly veiled Gertrude Lawrence.
Lewis J. Stadlen and Hank Stratton also appear at the Dinner table. Stadlen plays the part of Banjo, patterned after Woollcott pal, Harpo Marx. Stratton plays Bert Jefferson. Byron Jennings plays Noel Coward stand-in Beverly Carlton.
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