Kathleen McNenny Replaces Liz Wisan in The Father

News   Kathleen McNenny Replaces Liz Wisan in The Father
Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production, starring Frank Langella, will begin previews March 22.
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Manhattan Theatre Club has announced that Kathleen McNenny will replace the previously announced Liz Wisan in the role of "Woman" in its upcoming Broadway production of The Father starring three-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee Frank Langella.

“MTC supported the decision of director Doug Hughes that the role needed to be played by another actress,“ commented artistic director Lynne Meadow in a statement to Playbill.

Performances are scheduled to begin March 22 for an April 14 opening night at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. With direction by Doug Hughes, the cast also includes Tony nominee Kathryn Erbe, Brian Avers and Hannah Cabell.

In the new play by Florian Zeller, Langella plays a man falling into the grip of dementia. The production marks the veteran actor's first Broadway appearance since his Tony-nominated performance in Man and Boy in 2011.

According to production notes, The Father “offers a fascinating look inside the mind of Andre, a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?”

The creative team for The Father includes Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music and sound design) and Jim Steinmeyer (illusion consultant).

Tickets can be purchased by phone at Telecharge, (212) 239-6200, online by visiting Telecharge.com or by visiting the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Box Office (261 West 47th Street). Tickets cost $70-$150.

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