Joseph Alsop, a feared and courted columnist in the Washington political world of the early 1960s, who is harboring an explosive secret that may end his career.
Although best known for his role as Dick Solomon on NBC’s 3rd Rock from the Sun, Lithgow has been a Broadway star for almost 40 years. He earned a Tony for his 1973 debut in The Changing Room and for 2002’s Sweet Smell of Success, plus nominations for his roles in Requiem for a Heavyweight, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and M. Butterfly.
1973: Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play, The Changing Room
1985: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, Requiem for a Heavyweight
1988: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play, M. Butterfly
2002: Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, Sweet Smell of Success
2005: Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Lithgow was considered for the role of Hanibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs and Doc Brown in Back to the Future.
“[Reading the script for The Columnist] was one of those electrifying experiences. I have only read about three scripts in a long, long career where I just felt: Drop everything! Do this if they’ll hire you. One was M. Butterfly, one was Terms of Endearment [and] one was The Columnist. I think this is a really great American play.” —Lithgow in an interview with Broadway.com, 3/12