Frost/Nixon Tour, with Keach and Cox, Launches Sept. 30

News   Frost/Nixon Tour, with Keach and Cox, Launches Sept. 30
The national tour of the Tony-nominated Peter Morgan play Frost/Nixon — co-starring Stacy Keach and Alan Cox as, respectively, disgraced former President Richard Nixon and TV talk-show host David Frost — kicks off Sept. 30 in Des Moines, IA.
Stacy Keach and Alan Cox
Stacy Keach and Alan Cox Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Michael Grandage, who directed the original London and Broadway productions, also directs the tour with associate director Seth Sklar-Heyn. Frost/Nixon will play the Des Moines Civic Center through Oct. 5.

Keach and Cox are joined onstage by Meghan Andrews as Evonne Goolagong, Bob Ari as Bob Zelnick, Antony Hagopian as John Birt, Roxanna Hope as Caroline Cushing, Ted Koch as Jack Brennan, Stephen Rowe as Swifty Lazar, Brian Sgambati as Jim Reston and Noel Velez as Manolo Sanchez. Rounding out the ensemble are David Sitler, Peter Hilton and Tamara Lovatt-Smith.

Following the Des Moines engagement, the show then travels to Appleton, WI (Oct. 7-12, 2008), Columbus, OH (Oct. 14-19), Houston, TX (Oct. 21-Nov. 2), East Lansing, MI (Nov. 4-9), Washington, DC (Nov. 11-30), Pittsburgh, PA (Dec. 2-7), Wilmington, DE (Dec. 9-14), Minneapolis, MN (Jan. 6-11, 2009), Cleveland, OH (Jan. 13-25, 2009), Boston, MA (Jan. 27-Feb. 8, 2009), Charlotte, NC (Feb. 10-15, 2009), Tampa, FL (Feb. 17-22, 2009), Cincinnati, OH (Feb. 24-March 8, 2009), Los Angeles, CA (March 10-29, 2009), Tempe, AZ (March 31-April 5, 2009), San Antonio, TX (April 7-12, 2009), Sacramento, CA (April 14-26, 2009) and Dallas, TX (April 28-May 3, 2009).

According to production notes, "Frost/Nixon tackles the question: How did David Frost, a famous British talk-show host with a playboy reputation, elicit the apology that the rest of the world was waiting to hear from former President Richard Nixon? The fast-paced new play shows the determination, conviction and cunning of two men as they square off in one of the most monumental political interviews of all time."

Designs for Frost/Nixon are by Christopher Oram with lighting by Neil Austin, music and sound by Adam Cork and video design by Jon Driscoll. The London and Broadway productions co-starred Frank Langella as Nixon and Michael Sheen as David Frost. Langella won a Tony for his performance. Both Langella and Sheen re-create their performances for the upcoming Ron Howard-directed film.

Stacy Keach has appeared on Broadway in Danton's Death, The Country Wife, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, King Lear, Indians (Tony nomination), Deathtrap, Solitary Confinement and The Kentucky Cycle. The actor won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the TV miniseries "Hemingway," and his numerous screen credits also include "Mike Hammer," "Fat City," "End of the Road" and "Titus."

Alan Cox played Owen in the 2007 Broadway revival of Translations.

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Independent of the tour, the play made its not-for-profit resident U.S. premiere Sept. 3-28 at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis in a co-production with Geva Theatre Center. Steven Woolf directed. The Geva run in Rochester, NY, is Oct. 21-Nov. 16.

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