Byrne earned a Tony Award nomination for his previous Broadway turn as James Tyrone, Jr. in the 2000 revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten opposite Cherry Jones and Roy Dotrice. The actor also appeared Off-Broadway in The Exonerated but is perhaps best known for his work in such films as "Point of No Return," "Little Women," "The Usual Suspects," "Polish Wedding" and recently in "Vanity Fair" and "Assault on Precinct 13."
Set in 1828 near Boston, A Touch of the Poet finds an Irish immigrant who thinks himself a distinguished gentleman though evidence to the contrary is overwhelming. The down-on-his-luck man who is now a tavern owner finds himself in a quandary when his daughter falls for the son of a wealthy American.
The Roundabout will next present a Mark Brokaw-directed revival of W. Somerset Maugham's The Constant Wife starring Kate Burton and Lynn Redgrave with Enid Graham, Kathryn Meisle, Michael Cumpsty, John Dossett, Kathleen McNenny, Denis Holmes and John Ellison Conlee. Next season will see the Wallace Shawn adaptation of The Threepenny Opera starring Alan Cumming as Mack the Knife opposite Edie Falco and singer Nellie McKay in a production directed by Scott Elliott (Hurlyburly, The Women).
Tickets to A Tough of the Poet will be available in the fall. For more information on Roundabout, call (212) 719-1300, or visit them online at www.roundabouttheatre.org.