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John Lithgow on the Role That Almost Killed Him & the 'Sparkly Brilliance' of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance

John Lithgow on the Role That Almost Killed Him & the 'Sparkly Brilliance' of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance

Playing King Lear in Central Park would be enough career excitement for most actors on the cusp of their 69th birthday, but it was only the start of an action-packed season for John Lithgow. The two-time Tony winner jumped from Lear to Edward Albee’s uber-WASP Tobias opposite Glenn Close in the current Broadway revival of A Delicate Balance and is ...

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Photos! Have a Drink with Glenn Close, John Lithgow & Their Dysfunctional Family in A Delicate Balance

Photos! Have a Drink with Glenn Close, John Lithgow & Their Dysfunctional Family in A Delicate Balance
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Click for photos from Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, starring Glenn Close, John Lithgow, Martha Plimpton, Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban and Clare Higgins. The new production opens November 20, 2014 at the Golden Theatre!

Father Knows Best: Shakespeare in the Park's King Lear, Starring John Lithgow & Annette Bening, Opens

Father Knows Best: Shakespeare in the Park's King Lear, Starring John Lithgow & Annette Bening, Opens

The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear opens officially at the Delacorte Theater on August 5. The outdoor mounting of the Bard’s tragedy, directed by Daniel Sullivan, stars Tony winner and Oscar nominee John Lithgow, Tony and Oscar nominee Annette Bening, Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and Jessica Collins. To commemorate the big night, Broadway.com resident ...

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Photos! All Hail John Lithgow, Annette Bening, Jessica Hecht & More in King Lear at the Delacorte

Photos! All Hail John Lithgow, Annette Bening, Jessica Hecht & More in King Lear at the Delacorte
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Click for photos from the Public Theater’s new Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear, opening August 15, 2014 at the Delacorte Theater.

Blow, Winds! Shakespeare in the Park’s King Lear, Starring John Lithgow & Annette Bening, Begins Performances

Blow, Winds! Shakespeare in the Park’s King Lear, Starring John Lithgow & Annette Bening, Begins Performances

The Public Theater’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park season continues with a starry production of King Lear, beginning previews on July 22. Tony winner and Oscar nominee John Lithgow stars as the titular father figure alongside Tony and Oscar nominee Annette Bening, Tony nominee Jessica Hecht and Jessica Collins as Lear’s three daughters. The production, directed by Daniel Sullivan, will ...

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Watch Shakespeare in the Park's King Lear Star John Lithgow Talk Beards, Swagger & Upset New Yorkers

Watch Shakespeare in the Park's King Lear Star John Lithgow Talk Beards, Swagger & Upset New Yorkers

Is that Santa Claus?! A well-bearded John Lithgow, fresh off the Delacorte stage from a King Lear tech rehearsal, stopped by The Tonight Show on July 17. The Tony winner sat down to chat with Jimmy Fallon about his latest stint with Shakespeare in the Park, including the facial hair that comes with playing the titular king. “It’s making me ...

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Odds & Ends: Leighton Meester's 'Not a Tart,' Kristin Chenoweth & John Lithgow Team Up & More

Odds & Ends: Leighton Meester's 'Not a Tart,' Kristin Chenoweth & John Lithgow Team Up & More

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

'I'm Not a Tart:' Of Mice and Men's Leighton Meester Pens Feminist Essay
Leighton Meester has penned a feminist essay about her character in John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. "The insults are thrown at Curley's wife: bitch, tramp, tart,” she writes in The Huffington Post ...

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Odds & Ends: Glenn Close to Revisit Sunset Boulevard, Diane Keaton Eyes Cafe Carlyle & More

Odds & Ends: Glenn Close to Revisit Sunset Boulevard, Diane Keaton Eyes Cafe Carlyle & More

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

Glenn Close to Revisit Sunset Boulevard at the Hollywood Bowl
Before Glenn Close finds a world to rediscover on Broadway in A Delicate Balance, she is first going to be revisiting a famous number from the role that won her one of her three Tonys. The star will appear ...

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Tickets On Sale for Glenn Close, John Lithgow & Martha Plimpton's Return to Broadway in A Delicate Balance

Tickets On Sale for Glenn Close, John Lithgow & Martha Plimpton's Return to Broadway in A Delicate Balance

Tickets are now available for the Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance, starring Glenn Close, John LithgowMartha Plimpton and Lindsay Duncan. The play, directed by Pam MacKinnon, will begin performances on October 20 at the Golden Theatre. Opening night is set for November 20.

A Delicate Balance follows Agnes (Close) and Tobias (Lithgow), a long-married couple ...

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Odds & Ends: Judi Dench Joins Benedict Cumberbatch, See Queen Perform at We Will Rock You's Last Show & More

Odds & Ends: Judi Dench Joins Benedict Cumberbatch, See Queen Perform at We Will Rock You's Last Show & More

Here's a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.

Benedict Cumberbatch Ambushes Judi Dench
As if we needed any more reasons to love Benedict Cumberbatch. The Sherlock star asked Tony and Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench in the middle of a Shakespeare masterclass: "Would you like to be in Richard III with me?" According to The Daily ...

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Annette Bening, Jessica Hecht & Jessica Collins Will Join John Lithgow in Shakespeare in the Park's King Lear

Annette Bening, Jessica Hecht & Jessica Collins Will Join John Lithgow in Shakespeare in the Park's King Lear

The speculation was true! Annette Bening, along with Jessica Hecht and Jessica Collins, will play the daughters of the previously announced John Lithgow in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan will direct the Shakespeare classic about a King who loses everything after disowning his favorite daughter. The play will run from ...

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John Lithgow, Martha Plimpton & More Will Join Glenn Close in A Delicate Balance On Broadway

John Lithgow, Martha Plimpton & More Will Join Glenn Close in A Delicate Balance On Broadway

The cast is set for the Broadway revival of Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance. Tony winner John Lithgow and nominee Martha Plimpton will join the previously speculated three-time Tony winner Glenn Close in the Pam MacKinnon-helmed project. They will be joined by Tony winner Lindsay Duncan, Bob Balaban and Olivier winner Clare Higgins. The limited engagement will run for 18 ...

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Marvin Hamlisch Makes Magic, the Rockettes Kick It & Big Fish Swims Away in Our Christmas Week Datebook

Marvin Hamlisch Makes Magic, the Rockettes Kick It & Big Fish Swims Away in Our Christmas Week Datebook

Broadway elves (uh, the Matildas?) have been hard at work to make sure Christmas week in NYC offers a full stocking of theatrical treats, including a new Marvin Hamlisch documentary, a final chance to see Big Fish and, of course, those holiday vixens, the Radio City Rockettes. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, we have your list of Broadway’s hottest ...

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Signature Theatre Company to Honor The Dance and the Railroad Playwright David Henry Hwang at Annual Gala

Signature Theatre Company to Honor The Dance and the Railroad Playwright David Henry Hwang at Annual Gala

The Signature Theatre Company’s annual gala celebration will honor Tony-winning playwright David Henry Hwang on February 11 at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center. Hwang’s play The Dance and the Railroad began previews February 5 at the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre, starring Rui Iskandar and Yueken Wu.

Guests who will perform and read from Hwang’s body of work include B ...

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John Lithgow to Headline The Magistrate at London's National Theatre; More Plays Announced for Upcoming Season

John Lithgow to Headline The Magistrate at London's National Theatre; More Plays Announced for Upcoming Season

Tony winner John Lithgow in will star in The Magistrate, directed by Timothy Sheader, at London's National Theatre. The National's upcoming season will also include Alan Bennet’s previously announced new play People, The Effect by Lucy Prebble and more. Performances will take place at the Lyttlelton Theatre, the Cottesloe Theatre and the Olivier Theatre in London.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner ...

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Celebrating Broadway Abs, Onstage Kink and Male Lingerie: Tony Awards We'd Love to See

Celebrating Broadway Abs, Onstage Kink and Male Lingerie: Tony Awards We'd Love to See

On June 10, a select group of theater professionals will get to take home Broadway's biggest honor: a Tony Award. Although we're eager to congratulate the Best Actors and Best Featured Actresses, Broadway.com's editors feel it's high time to bestow awards in some less-obvious categories! Below is our list of 25 fictional Tonys we would love to hand ...

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The Columnist, Starring John Lithgow, Receives Third and Final Extension

The Columnist, Starring John Lithgow, Receives Third and Final Extension

David Auburn’s The Columnist has extended its run at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre for the third time. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the play will now end its limited engagement on July 8. Starring two-time Tony Award winner John Lithgow, The Columnist opened on April 25 and was originally scheduled to conclude its run July 1.

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Squigs Pens a Newsworthy Portrait of John Lithgow in The Columnist

Squigs Pens a Newsworthy Portrait of John Lithgow in The Columnist

David Auburn’s political drama The Columnist stars 2012 Tony nominee John Lithgow as Joseph Alsop, a king among columnists, beloved, feared and courted in equal measure in the early 1960s. Broadway.com resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson took a seat at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre to capture Lithgow as Alsop along with (from top) Margaret Colin as Susan Mary ...

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The Columnist’s John Lithgow Dishes on Missing Woodstock and Plays Charades on Late Night

The Columnist’s John Lithgow Dishes on Missing Woodstock and Plays Charades on Late Night

John Lithgow may call himself the “the least cool member” of his generation, but having just nabbed his sixth Tony nomination for The Columnist, it appears he's doing just fine. On May 21, Lithgow dropped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to chat about his early days as an actor, including his decision to skip Woodstock and instead study Shakespeare ...

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Darren Criss Gives Licking Privileges, Jeremy Jordan Goes Both Ways & More Lessons of the Week

Darren Criss Gives Licking Privileges, Jeremy Jordan Goes Both Ways & More Lessons of the Week

It's hard to believe another insanely busy week on Broadway is over, but it's even harder to believe we managed to narrow this week's lessons down to 10! The Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards were a fun-filled, face-licking lesson goldmine, with everyone from Darren Criss to Jeremy Jordan to Laura Osnes spilling their guts on stage and off. Click on ...

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The Columnist Star John Lithgow on 3rd Rock, Dexter and His Tony-Honored Fave Stage Roles

The Columnist Star John Lithgow on 3rd Rock, Dexter and His Tony-Honored Fave Stage Roles

John Lithgow’s Broadway career spans almost 40 years, bookended by a Tony Award for his 1973 debut performance as a British rugby player in The Changing Room and a 2012 Tony nomination for his dynamic star turn as closeted 1960s political journalist Joseph Alsop in The Columnist. In between, Lithgow has won a second Tony (for Sweet Smell of ...

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The Columnist, Starring John Lithgow, Extends Run For Second Time

The Columnist, Starring John Lithgow, Extends Run For Second Time

David Auburn’s The Columnist has extended its run at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre for the second time. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the play, which was scheduled to run through June 24, will now end its limited engagement on July 1. Starring two-time Tony Award winner John Lithgow, The Columnist opened on April 25.

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The Columnist Star John Lithgow is Thrilled with His 'Miracle' Nomination

The Columnist Star John Lithgow is Thrilled with His 'Miracle' Nomination

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start buzzing with texts and calls for the happy few who get nods. As usual, Broadway.com is among the callers offering congratulations and getting responses. Here are the first reactions from 2012 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

John Lithgow
Nominated for Best Actor in a Play, The Columnist

“I’m just thrilled ...

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Once, Porgy and Bess, Nice Work & Peter and the Starcatcher Top List of 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Once, Porgy and Bess, Nice Work & Peter and the Starcatcher Top List of 2012 Tony Award Nominations

Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth and Harvey star Jim Parsons announced the nominations for the 66th Annual Tony Awards at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center at Lincoln Center on May 1. Once topped the noms with 11, while Peter and the Starcatcher is the play that garnered the most nods with ...

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Watch John Lithgow and the Stars of The Columnist Wield the Power of the Press on Opening Night!

 Watch John Lithgow and the Stars of The Columnist Wield the Power of the Press on Opening Night!

It was a newsworthy opening night on April 25 as the stars of The Columnist proved they had the write stuff at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in front of a starry crowd. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, two-time Tony Award winner John Lithgow, Tony winner Boyd Gaines, Margaret Colin, Grace Gummer and Brian J. Smith dazzled as they brought to ...

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