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Tony Award winner Brian Bedford stars as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's comedic masterpiece about class and name-dropping.

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Tony-Nominated The Importance of Being Earnest to Exit Broadway One Week Early

 Tony-Nominated The Importance of Being Earnest to Exit Broadway One Week Early

The Tony-nominated revival of Oscar Wilde’s effervescent comedy The Importance of Being Earnest will close one week earlier than planned. The Roundabout Theatre Company production was scheduled to play its final performance on July 3, but will now bow out on June 26 at the American Airlines Theatre.

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The Lady of Earnest: Brian Bedford on Why His Tony-Nominated Drag Role is Like 'Acting Under a Moroccan Rug'

The Lady of Earnest: Brian Bedford on Why His Tony-Nominated Drag Role is Like 'Acting Under a Moroccan Rug'

You’d be hard-pressed to find an actor more steeped in the classical tradition than Brian Bedford. The 76-year-old trained at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts with the likes of Peter O’Toole and Albert Finney, shared a stage with John Gielgud, and made a made a home at the prestigious Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, where he has directed and ...

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Brian Bedford Raises a Teacup to His Earnest Tony Nod

Brian Bedford Raises a Teacup to His Earnest Tony Nod

The morning the Tony nominations are announced, phones start ringing off the hook 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 2011 Tony nominees. Congrats to all!

Brian Bedford
Nominated for Best Actor in a Play, The Importance of Being Earnest


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Sneak a Peek at The Importance of Being Earnest, Filmed Live in HD

Sneak a Peek at The Importance of Being Earnest, Filmed Live in HD

The elegance and eloquence of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest are coming to the big screen, and we’ve got a preview! As previously reported, the Roundabout Theatre Company revival of the classic play was filmed live on March 11 and 12, and as an added bonus for moviegoers, Broadway favorite David Hyde Pierce will take viewers backstage for ...

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Broadway’s The Importance of Being Earnest to be Filmed for the Big Screen

Broadway’s The Importance of Being Earnest to be Filmed for the Big Screen

The Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Importance of Being Earnest will be filmed live on March 11 and 12 for cinema screenings worldwide in June. The comedy of manners, now running at the American Airlines Theatre, will air in movie theaters and performing arts centers across the U.S. and internationally on June 2, and on ...

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Jayne Houdyshell and Brian Murray Join Broadway’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Jayne Houdyshell and Brian Murray Join Broadway’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Brian Murray, Jayne Houdyshell and Jessie Austrian will join the Broadway revival of the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest on March 22, taking on the roles of Reverend Chasuble, Miss Prism and Gwendolen Fairfax, respectively. They will be taking over for Paxton Whitehead, Dana Ivey and Sara Topham, who will play their final performances on March 20 ...

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Earnest Ingenue Sara Topham on the Generosity of Gavin Creel and Getting to Know All About Julie Andrews

Earnest Ingenue Sara Topham on the Generosity of Gavin Creel and Getting to Know All About Julie Andrews

Age and hometown: 34, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Current role: Flouncing into her Broadway debut as the fickle Gwendolyn in The Importance of Being Earnest.

The Kindness of Strangers: After Sara Topham graduated from the University of Victoria, the former Drama and English major moved to Toronto knowing absolutely no one. “It was really an ‘ignorance is bliss’ kind of thing ...

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Earnest Extends at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre; People in the Picture Heads to Studio 54

Earnest Extends at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre; People in the Picture Heads to Studio 54

The Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest is extending its run at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre by 17 weeks. The Roundabout Theatre Company production, which opened on January 13, 2011, was originally scheduled to shutter on March 6. 

The extension means some shuffling for the Roundabout, which had planned to begin previews of the new musical The ...

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Squigs Welcomes an Irreverent Earnest to Broadway

Squigs Welcomes an Irreverent  Earnest to Broadway

The upper crust residents of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest are used to the finer things in life, and in this exclusive portrait, Broadway.com’s resident artist Justin ‘Squigs’ Robertson gives them the royal treatment they so richly deserve. Director Brian Bedford calls the shots as Earnest’s colorful, cucumber sandwich-eating matriarch Lady Bracknell, while rakish men-about-town John ...

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Chatting With Earnest’s Sophisticated Stars on Opening Night

Chatting With Earnest’s Sophisticated Stars on Opening Night

The swellegant stars of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Importance of Being Earnest came out in style on January 13, when the Oscar Wilde classic bowed at the American Airlines Theatre. After the curtain fell on the posh production, Broadway.com chatted with Brian Bedford, who serves as both the show’s director and Earnest’s imperious Lady Bracknell, along with ...

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Charmed, We’re Sure! An Elegant Earnest Opening Night

Charmed, We’re Sure! An Elegant Earnest Opening Night
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It was a fittingly frothy opening night for the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Oscar Wilde's classic The Importance of Being Earnest, which bowed at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre on January 13. Tony winner Brian Bedford led the company as both director and leading “lady” Lady Bracknell in this bubbly comedy of manners and mistaken identities, and after the show ...

Was Our Word of Mouth Panel Enchanted by Earnest?

Was Our Word of Mouth Panel Enchanted by Earnest?

The wit and whimsy of Oscar Wilde are never used to more stylish effect than in his classic play The Importance of Being Earnest, and the current Roundabout Theatre Company production on Broadway is no exception. Broadway.com Word of Mouth reviewers Emilie, Jared and Amy headed to the American Airlines Theatre to take in the effervescent comedy of manners ...

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Ivory-Tickler Santino Fontana Shares His Low-Key Earnest Lodgings

Ivory-Tickler Santino Fontana Shares His Low-Key Earnest Lodgings

Santino Fontana may currently be treading the boards as rakish Algernon Moncrieff in the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest, but the man himself is far more laid back than his dandy of a character. Backstage at the American Airlines Theatre, Fontana focuses on staying in tip-top performance shape with tongue twisters and throat drops at the ready ...

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Santino Fontana of The Importance of Being Earnest Swears Off Jersey Shore in the Year Ahead

Santino Fontana of The Importance of Being Earnest Swears Off Jersey Shore in the Year Ahead

As the curtain goes down on 2010, Broadway.com is looking ahead to the new year. We’ve asked the brightest stars on Broadway to reflect on their personal highlights from the past year and to reveal their hopes for 2011. Check out what they had to say, and have a Happy New Year!

SANTINO FONTANA (Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance ...

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Earnest’s Dana Ivey on the Wonders of Wilde and Joining ‘The Greatest Club in the World’

Earnest’s Dana Ivey on the Wonders of Wilde and Joining ‘The Greatest Club in the World’

The lilting rhythms of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest may as well be Dana Ivey’s mother tongue. The indomitable actress is tackling her fourth production of the play (one of her favorites), this time as prickly governess Miss Prism in a Roundabout Theatre Company production opposite director Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell. Hers is a face familiar to ...

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First Look at Roundabout's Enchanting Importance of Being Earnest

First Look at Roundabout's Enchanting Importance of Being Earnest
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Lovers of classic theater are in for a treat, as Oscar Wilde’s elegant and eloquent The Importance of Being Earnest is again treading the Broadway boards. The production, starring Dana Ivey as Miss Prism and director Brian Bedford as the formidable Lady Bracknell, is currently running at Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre. This comedy of manners and mistaken identities ...

The Importance of Being Earnest’s Dana Ivey Vows to Clean up Her Act in 2011

The Importance of Being Earnest’s Dana Ivey Vows to Clean up Her Act in 2011

As the curtain goes down on 2010, Broadway.com is looking ahead to the new year. We’ve asked the brightest stars on Broadway to reflect on their personal highlights from the past year and to reveal their hopes for 2011. Check out what they had to say, and have a Happy New Year!

DANA IVEY (Miss Prism in The Importance ...

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Delighted, We’re Sure! Meet the Cast of The Importance of Being Earnest

Delighted, We’re Sure! Meet the Cast of The Importance of Being Earnest
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After a smash run at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2009, Brian Bedford’s production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest has arrived at the Roundabout Theatre Company, and will be ridiculing codes of propriety and etiquette at the American Airlines Theatre beginning December 17. Tony winner Bedford, who will wear two hats as the show’s director and “leading ...

Go Wilde! Tickets Are Now On Sale for The Importance of Being Earnest

Go Wilde! Tickets Are Now On Sale for The Importance of Being Earnest

Tickets are now on sale for that famous farcical comedy of manners The Importance of Being Earnest. Performances of the Oscar Wilde favorite will begin at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre on December 17 ahead of a January 13, 2011, opening. Tony winner Brian Bedford does double duty as director and "leading lady," reprising his acclaimed performance ...

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Dana Ivey, Santino Fontana & More Join Brian Bedford in The Importance of Being Earnest

Dana Ivey, Santino Fontana & More Join Brian Bedford in The Importance of Being Earnest

Complete casting has been announced for Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. In addition to the previously announced Brian Bedford, who will direct and star as Lady Bracknell, the cast will feature Dana Ivey as Miss Prism, Paxton Whitehead as Reverend Chausible, Santino Fontana as Algernon Moncrieff, David Furr as Jack Worthing, Tim ...

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Brian Bedford to Direct and Star in The Importance of Being Earnest on Broadway

Brian Bedford to Direct and Star in The Importance of Being Earnest on Broadway

The Roundabout Theatre Company will present Brian Bedford’s production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Bedford as Lady Bracknell, at the American Airlines Theatre in the winter of 2011. The production began life at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2009 and, according to Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes, many of the cast members from that mounting will ...

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