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The Columnist is set in mid-century America, when columnists are kings and Joseph Alsop wears the crown. Joe is beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world at whose center he sits. But as the 1960s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Jul. 8, 2012.

Samuel J Friedman Theatre

261 West 47th Street
New York, NY 10036

Previews Apr 4, 2012
Opening Apr 25, 2012
Closing Jul 8, 2012

Story

What Is the Story of The Columnist?
Power, influence, changing the course of history: It’s all in a day’s work for political pundit and Cold War enthusiast Joseph Alsop, who has made a name for himself via a widely syndicated column in the early 1960s. Known equally for his brash temper and impeccable taste, Alsop has a knack for uncovering the secrets of the dignitaries, presidents and socialites he writes about. But when an explosive personal secret the scribe has been hiding all his life is ready to blow, Alsop must question his place in the world, professionally and personally.

Critics' Reviews

"Under Daniel Sullivan’s unerring direction, John Lithgow delivers a riveting turn in the title role of this crackling entertainment. The mercurial actor can go from flashing rage through wounded pride to glittering charm without breaking a sweat."

Review by Erik Haagensen from Backstage

"Outfitted by costumer Jess Goldstein in the WASP uniform of bow tie, natty suits and owlish horn-rimmed glasses, with his ever-present cigarette holder trailing a curl of smoke, Lithgow is a magnetic central figure, imbuing the role with rich humor that offsets Joe’s more questionable behavior."

Review by David Rooney from The Hollywood Reporter

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