We bet those crazy revolving stairs look just as great on screen! Lincoln Center Theater’s Act One, written and directed by James Lapine, will be filmed during its final weeks of performances for an anticipated PBS broadcast. The play, based on the autobiography by Moss Hart, stars Tony nominees Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub. The production is up for five Tony Awards this year, including Best Play and Best Leading Actor for Shalhoub.
Based on Hart’s autobiography, Act One chronicles his impoverished childhood and his determined struggle to escape poverty and forge a career in the theater. This path led to his collaboration with George S. Kaufman and their first great success, Once in a Lifetime.
Act One began performances on March 20 at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, where it will play its final performance on June 15. In addition to Fontana and Shalhoub, the show features Tony winners Andrea Martin and Chuck Cooper, Will Lebow and Matthew Schechter.
Past PBS broadcasts of Lincoln Center Theater productions include Twelfth Night, Contact, The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific and The Nance, which will also play movie theaters this summer.