Liam Neeson and Kaitlin Hopkins Expected in Roundabout's Broadway A Touch of the Poet

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Liam Neeson and Kaitlin Hopkins are slated to star in an upcoming Roundabout Theatre Company staging of Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet.

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson

The work, to be staged by upcoming A Streetcar Named Desire director Edward Hall, is heading for Broadway's American Airlines Theatre September 2005, according to the actress' website.

Neeson has spoken in interviews that his return to the Broadway stage will be in the O'Neill work or a revival of Camelot. Hall — who will also direct Neeson's wife Natasha Richardson in Streetcar in spring 2005 — is also attached as director of Camelot.

Hopkins is currently set to replace Emily Skinner in the national tour of Disney's On the Record. The actress has been previously seen Off-Broadway in Bare: A Pop Opera and Bat Boy: The Musical as well as in the Broadway revival of Noises Off.

Neeson made his Broadway debut with Roundabout in the 1993 revival of Anna Christie, co-starring Richardson, which garnered the Irish-born actor a Tony Award nomination and led to the couple's marriage. Neeson subsequently appeared on Broadway in The Judas Kiss and The Crucible, taking his second Tony nomination for the latter.

As a film actor, Neeson has appeared in "Schindler's List," "Nell," "Les Misérables," "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," "Gangs of New York, "Love Actually" and opposite his Crucible co-star Laura Linney in "Kinsey" by "Chicago" screenwriter Bill Condon.

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.

Roundabout spokespersons could not confirm the production.

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