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News Joel Grey, John Lithgow and Brian Stokes Mitchell Join "Times Talks" Jan. 11 Three Tony Award-winning actors have joined the roster of "Times Talks: Special Edition," part of the third annual Arts & Leisure Weekend.
Top: Joel Grey, Bottom: John Lithgow
Top: Joel Grey, Bottom: John Lithgow

Wicked's Joel Grey, Retreat From Moscow's John Lithgow and recent Man of La Mancha star Brian Stokes Mitchell will be part of a discussion titled "Leading Men of the Theatre." Times culture reporter Jesse McKinley will moderate the panel discussion, which is set for Jan. 11, 2004 at 8 PM.

As previously announced, the star-studded conversations hosted by The New York Times will be held Jan. 10 and 11 at the CUNY Graduate Center, Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. The "Times Talks" discussions are all moderated by New York Times critics, reporters or editors.

Joel Grey, who is currently starring as the Wizard in Wicked, won a Tony Award for his role as the Emcee in the original Broadway production of Cabaret. He later repeated the role on film to Oscar-winning effect. Grey's other theatrical credits include roles in George M!, Goodtime Charley and The Grand Tour, receiving Tony nominations for all three productions. A Kennedy Center honoree, Grey was last on Broadway in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago. The actor is also a best-selling author; his book of photographs, "Pictures I Had to Take," is available from PowerHouse Books.

John Lithgow is currently starring in The Retreat From Moscow at the Booth Theatre. He won Tony Awards for his work in The Changing Room and Sweet Smell of Success. Lithgow also received Tony nominations for Requiem for a Heavyweight and M. Butterfly.

Brian Stokes Mitchell was most recently on Broadway in the revival of Man of La Mancha. He earned a Tony nomination for his work in that show and won the Tony for his performance in the revival of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate. He was also Tony nominated for King Hedley II and Ragtime. Mitchell's other Broadway credits include Mail; Oh, Kay!, Jelly's Last Jam and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Tickets for the discussions are $25 each. Call (888) NYT-1870 or visit


The "Times Talk" weekend kicks off Jan. 10 from 10-11:15 AM with "Singing Out". Moderated by the Times' chief music critic, Anthony Tommasini, the morning will address whether audiences are willing to accept gay performers. Panelists will include Rent's Anthony Rapp, On the Town's Lea DeLaria as well as David Daniels and Caushun.

New York Times associate editor John Darnton will moderate "Celebrating Sondheim," Jan. 10 from 6-7:15 PM. The panelists for that evening will include, appropriately, composer Stephen Sondheim and singer Barbara Cook. The latter received a Tony Award nomination for her acclaimed Lincoln Center concert, Mostly Sondheim.

Nilo Cruz, Tony Kushner, Neil LaBute and Terrence McNally will all take part in "Masters of the Stage" on Jan. 11, from noon-1:15 PM. Moderated by cultural reporter Mel Gussow, the afternoon will answer the questions, "What does it take to write a new play and get it produced? And, where does the playwright's inspiration come from?"

The final offering will be held from 8-9:15 PM on Jan. 11. Award-winning actors Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, who will soon return to the Broadway production of The Producers, will discuss their creative collaboration. Cabaret critic Stephen Holden moderates.

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