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THE PHILANTHROPIST concludes limited engagement Sunday 6/28

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Final Week!

 

  

Tony® Award winner

Matthew Broderick

Jonathan Cake, Anna Madeley, Steven Weber

 

In

THE PHILANTHROPIST

With Tate Ellington, Jennifer Mudge, Samantha Soule

 

Written by Tony® and Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton

Directed by David Grindley

 

concludes its limited engagement Sunday, June 28th

 

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) limited engagement of Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist will play its final performance on Sunday, June 28th at 2:00 PM.  Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Cake, Anna Madeley and Steven Weber star in this revival directed by David Grindley, at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St). 

 

The Philanthropist began previews on April 10th and opened officially on April 26th. When the limited engagement ends on June 28th, it will have played 19 preview performances and 73 regular performances.  

 

The cast also includes Tate Ellington (John), Jennifer Mudge (Araminta), Samantha Soule (Liz).

 

Written as a response to Molière’s The Misanthrope, Hampton’s biting bourgeois comedy examines the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.  At the center of the story is Philip (Broderick), a professor who seems almost absurdly removed from the political turmoil surrounding him, including the assassination of the Prime Minister and his cabinet.

 

TICKET INFORMATION & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street). Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $111.50.

 

The Philanthropist plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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HIGHLIGHTS OF A STAR-FILLED 08-09 BROADWAY SEASON

2008-2009 Broadway Season Officially Ends

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF AN HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR,

PACKED WITH PLAYS,  INCLUDES: 

 

The Seagull • A Man For All Seasons •  To Be Or Not To Be • All My Sons • White Christmas 

 Shrek •  Pal Joey •  Soul of Shaolin•  The American Plan  • Hedda Gabler •  33 Variations 

God Of Carnage •  Impressionism •  Exit The King • Mary Stuart •  The Norman Conquests 

The Philanthropist • Accent on Youth •  Waiting for Godot 

 

as well as the stars:

Joan Allen •  Matthew Broderick •  Stockard Channing    Jeff Daniels   Hope Davis

Jane Fonda    Sutton Foster   James Gandolfini •  John Glover •  John Goodman

Colin Hanks   Marcia Gay Harden • Katie Holmes   Jeremy Irons  •  Bill Irwin

Brian d’Arcy James   Nathan Lane •   Frank Langella John Lithgow   Samantha Mathis

Jan Maxwell   Janet McTeer •  Mary Loiuse Parker    David Hyde Pierce

Lily Rabe  David Rasche   Matthew Risch     Mercedes Ruehl    Geoffrey Rush

Susan Sarandon •  Peter Sarsgaard   Christopher Sieber  Kristin Scott Thomas

Harriet Walter • Steven Weber •  Dianne Wiest   Patrick Wilson

 

Visit the link below for a 2.5 minute glance back at the stars and shows this season

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1ZH2TZNT8

 

 

Here are some highlights from the season. 

 

This was one of the busiest, starriest and eclectic Broadway seasons in years, featuring productions and performances that will make it one to remember.   Starting in October with The Seagull starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Sarsgaard, through last night’s Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover, 43 productions have opened on Broadway, including 10 new musicals, nine new plays, four musical revivals, 16 play revivals and five “special events.” 

 

Fall kicked off with the Royal Court’s acclaimed production of Chekhov’s The Seagull directed Ian Rickson, examining the romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of artists gathered on a Russian estate. 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company began autumn exploring politics, religion and power with Frank Langella in A Man for All Seasons directed by Doug Hughes, and wrapped up 2008 with Stockard Channing , Martha Plimpton  and Matthew Risch in Pal Joey, directed by Joe Mantello.  Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler starring Mary Louise Parker rang in the new year at Roundabout, in an adaptation by Christopher Shinn.

 

 

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, asked audiences to reexamine the costs of war when it returned to Broadway this fall, directed by Simon McBurney and starring John Lithgow, Patrick Wilson, Dianne Wiest and Katie Holmes. 

 

Snow fell early on Broadway when Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a new stage adaptation of the classic film, opened in November starring Stephen Bogardus, Kerry O’Malley, Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson, featuring direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Randy Skinner.

 

The Great White Way saw green in December when Shrek The Musical landed at the Broadway Theatre starring Brian d’Arcy James as the loveable ogre and Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona. Also starring Daniel Breaker, Christopher Sieber and John Tartaglia, the new musical is directed by Jason Moore and written by David Lindsay Abaire (book & lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (musical) with choreography by Josh Prince.   Flying monks were spotted a few blocks south when Soul of Shaolin played a limited run at the Minskoff.

 

Manhattan Theatre Club opened their season with To Be Or Not to Be, directed by Casey Nicholaw and began the new year in the Catskill Mountains of the 1960s with Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan starring Mercedes Ruehl and Lily Rabe.  They wrapped up their season with Samuel Raphaelson’s on-and-off stage love story, Accent on Youth starring David Hyde Pierce and directed by Daniel Sullivan.

 

This spring, Jane Fonda returned to Broadway after 46 years to confront an obsession with Beethoven and to settle with her on stage daughter played by Samantha Mathis in Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations, alongside Colin Hanks and Zach Grenier.  Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden tried to make nice (and failed) in Yasmina Reza’s comedy God of Carnage directed by Matthew Warchus.  Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen returned to Broadway after long absences to star in Michael Jacobs’ examination of art and love in Impressionism, directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien.

 

Fictitious monarchs Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, and Lauren Ambrose – and unappreciated servant Andrea Martin – added their regal presence to the Rialto in Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King under the direction of Broadway newcomer Neil Armfield.  Historic British royalty was welcomed when Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer took to the stage in the Donmar Warehouse production of Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.  And The Norman Conquests, Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy, showcased a somewhat more middle class group of Brits, helmed by the busy Matthew Warchus.

 

Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist , directed by David Grindley and starring Matthew Broderick and Steven Weber, looked at the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.  Appropriately closing the season is Samuel Beckett’s historic Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover, and directed by Anthony Page.  It tells of two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone or something to explain life’s meaning – which, of course, never shows up.  Vladimir and Estragon might be relieved to know that as of yesterday, this year’s season has arrived at its end.

 

Please visit the link below for a 2.5 minute long glance back at the stars and shows this season  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1ZH2TZNT8

 

 

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ROUNDABOUT”S THE PHILANTHROPIST BEGINS PREVIEWS TONIGHT

Previews begin tonight Friday, April 10th at 8pm! 

 

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Presents

 

Matthew Broderick

Jonathan Cake, Anna Madeley, Steven Weber

 

In a new Broadway production of

THE PHILANTHROPIST

With

Tate Ellington, Jennifer Mudge, Samantha Soule

 

By Christopher Hampton

Directed by David Grindley

 

Opening night is April 26th, 2009

at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) new Broadway production of The Philanthropist, starring Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Cake, Anna Madeley and Steven Weber, begins previews tonight Friday, April 10th at 8:00PM.  The Philanthropist, by Christopher Hampton, is directed by David Grindley at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street). 

 

The cast also includes Tate Ellington, Jennifer Mudge and Samantha Soule.

 

The Philanthropist will open officially on Sunday, April 26th, 2009.   This is a limited engagement through June 28th, 2009.

 

The design team includes Tim Shortall (Sets), Tobin Ost (Costumes), Rick Fisher (Lights) and Gregory Clarke (Sound).

 

Written as a response to Molière’s The Misanthrope, Hampton’s biting bourgeois comedy examines the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.  At the center of the story is Philip (Broderick), a professor who seems almost absurdly removed from the political turmoil surrounding him, including the assassination of the Prime Minister and his cabinet.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).  

 

Through ACCESS Roundabout, 100 tickets will be available for the first preview performance (April 10th) for only $10 each.  Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $111.50.

 

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

The Philanthropist plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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WABC PRESENTS BROADWAY BACKSTAGE: SPRING PREVIEW MARCH 28

 

WABC-7 TV PRESENTS

“BROADWAY BACKSTAGE: SPRING PREVIEW”

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 at 7:30PM-8:00 PM

 

Hosted by WABC-7 News Anchor Lori Stokes and  

Tony Award winner & ACCENT ON YOUTH star

David Hyde Pierce

 

Tune in to WABC on Channel 7 for a sneak peek at

Broadway’s hottest shows including:

 

33 VARIATIONS, ACCENT ON YOUTH, EXIT THE KING, GOD OF CARNAGE, IMPRESSIONISM, MARY STUART, THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, THE PHILANTHROPIST, WAITING FOR GODOT

 

From highly anticipated starry revivals to compelling dramas and light hearted comedies, there’s something for everyone on Broadway this spring. WABC-7 will feature cast interviews and a special behind-the-scenes look at the following new Broadway shows and events:

 

  • 33 VARIATIONS

     Jane Fonda returns to Broadway after a 46 year absence in 33 VARIATIONS, written and directed by Moisés Kaufman. Jane and Moisés talk to    WABC about this new American play.

 

  • ACCENT ON YOUTH

David Hyde Pierce, who is currently in rehearsals for Manhattan Theatre Company’s Broadway production of ACCENT ON YOUTH, co-hosts this WABC special and discusses his return to Broadway in the upcoming comedy.

 

  • EXIT THE KING   

Academy Award-winners Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon talk about how much fun they are having in this new production of the Ionesco classic.

 

  • GOD OF CARNAGE

Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden talks about this hilarious critically-acclaimed new play by Yasmina Reza in which she stars with Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis and James Gandolfini.

 

  • IMPRESSIONISM

      WABC speaks to Tony Award winners Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, who are starring on Broadway in the romantic new play IMPRESSIONISM.

 

  • MARY STUART

      WABC sits down with Janet McTeer who plays the title role in this acclaimed  production from the Donmar Warehouse and London’s West End.

 

  • THE NORMAN CONQUESTS

      WABC provides a sneak peak at the critically praised production of Alan Ayckbourn‘s comedy trilogy, direct from a sold out run at The Old Vic in           London. 

 

  • THE PHILANTHROPIST

Stars Matthew Broderick and Steven Weber discuss their roles as best friends and colleagues in Christopher Hampton’s 1970 award winning academic comedy.

 

  • WAITING FOR GODOT

WABC follows along as stars Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover pose for a WAITING FOR GODOT cast photo shoot. 

 

 

ROUNDABOUT”S THE PHILANTHROPIST ANNOUNCES BROADWAY CAST

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Announces the full company of The Philanthropist on Broadway!

 

Tony® Award winner

Matthew Broderick

Jonathan Cake, Anna Madeley, Steven Weber

Star in a new Broadway production of

THE PHILANTHROPIST

With Tate Ellington, Jennifer Mudge, Samantha Soule

 

Written by Tony® and Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton

Directed by David Grindley

 

Tickets go on sale to Amex cardholders Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

 

Preview performances will begin on April 10th, 2009

Opening night is April 26th, 2009

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents Tony® Award winner Matthew Broderick as “Philip”, Jonathan Cake as “Braham”, Anna Madeley as “Celia” and Steven Weber as “Don” in a new Broadway production of The Philanthropist by Tony® and Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton, directed by David Grindley.

 

The cast also includes Tate Ellington (John), Jennifer Mudge (Araminta), Samantha Soule (Liz).

 

The Philanthropist will begin previews on April 10th, 2009 and open officially on April 26th, 2009 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This will be a limited engagement through June 28th, 2009.

 

The design team will include Tim Shortall (Sets), Tobin Ost (Costumes), Rick Fisher (Lights) and Gregory Clarke (Sound).

 

Written as a response to Molière’s The Misanthrope, Hampton’s biting bourgeois comedy examines the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.  At the center of the story is Philip (Broderick), a professor who seems almost absurdly removed from the political turmoil surrounding him, including the assassination of the Prime Minister and his cabinet.

 

Stage veteran and 2-time Tony® winner Matthew Broderick (The Producers, How to Succeed in Business…) returns to Roundabout Theatre Company following the 2004 production of The Foreigner at the Laura Pels Theatre.  Director David Grindley also returns following his acclaimed 2007 production of Pygmalion starring Claire Danes and Jefferson Mays.  Roundabout is pleased to continue their relationship with Christopher Hampton following the recent Tony® nominated Broadway production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels.

 

The Philanthropist premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1970.  It opened on Broadway in 1971 and was nominated for the Tony® Award for Best Play.  The Donmar Warehouse produced a production of The Philanthropist in 2005 directed by David Grindley.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Beginning February 4th, 2009, tickets will be available exclusively to American Express Card members online at www.roundabouttheatre.org, by phone at (212) 719-1300, or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).  Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $111.50.

 

Public on-sale begins Friday, February 20th by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).   Through ACCESS Roundabout, 100 tickets will be available for the first preview performance (April 10th) for only $10 each. 

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

The Philanthropist will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

 

BIOGRAPHIES:

 

MATTHEW BRODERICK (Philip).  A two-time Tony award-winning stage actor and instantly recognizable film presence, Matthew Broderick was most recently seen in the feature films Finding Amanda, alongside Brittany Snow, and Diminished Capacity, opposite Alan Alda and Virginia Madsen.  In the spring of 2008, he was also on the big screen in Helen Hunt’s directorial debut Then She Found Me.  Upcoming work includes Margaret with Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo, and Universal’s animated adventure The Tale of Despereaux, in which he voices the title character. He most recently wrapped production on Wonderful World, opposite Sanaa Lathan.  In 2005 he starred in the blockbuster Broadway production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on Broadway. He also starred in the hit off-Broadway play, The Foreigner, at the Roundabout Theatre. Also in 2005, he starred in the feature film version of The Producers, reprising the Tony-nominated performance he gave on Broadway in this smash hit musicalBroderick starred in the critically acclaimed You Can Count on Me opposite Laura Linney.  He also earned considerable acclaim starring opposite Reese Witherspoon in the critically lauded and Independent Spirit Award winning political satire Election, directed by Alexander Payne.  A New York native, he made his professional stage debut opposite his father, James Broderick, at age 17 in the production of On Valentine’s Day.  His performance in Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy, won him the Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor. Broderick won his first Tony Award for Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, and starred in the play’s sequel, Biloxi Blues.  He won his second Tony for his role as J. Pierrepont Finch, in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.  Broderick has also starred in such blockbuster movies as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Glory, War Games, and Disney’s The Lion King, as the adult voice of Simba.  Additional credits include Bee Movie, Godzilla, Addicted to Love, The Cable Guy, Inspector Gadget, Deck the Halls, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Max Dugan Returns, Project X, Family Business, The Freshman, The Night We Never Met, The Last Shot and The Stepford Wives.  In addition to his stage, screen and Broadway credits, he has also appeared in the Showtime film Master Harold…and the Boys and received an Emmy nomination for the TNT production of David Mamet’s A Life in the Theater in which he starred opposite Jack Lemmon.  Broderick resides in New York with his wife Sarah Jessica Parker and son, James Wilkie Broderick.

 

JONATHAN CAKE (Braham).  Broadway:  Lincoln Center’s Cymbeline and Warner’s Tony Award nominated play Medea on Broadway, in London’s West End and at BAMLondon theatre includes: “Silva Vaccaro” in the Royal National Theatre production of Baby Doll (Best Actor, Barclays Theatre Awards), the title role in Coriolanus at Shakespeare’s Globe, productions at the Royal National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Co.  Off-Broadway: Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song and Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening at the Atlantic. Regional: Doubt at Pasadena Playhouse.  UK television includes: Ricky Gervais’ Emmy-winning “Extras;” the BAFTA winning programs “A Dance to the Music of Time” and Peter Kosminsky’s “The Government Inspector; the title role in “Mosley;” Dennis Potter’s “Old Lizard;” and Eddie Izzard’s “Cows.”  US television includes: ABC’s “Six Degrees” and “Empire,” NBC’s “Inconceivable,” Showtime’s “Out of the Ashes.”  Films include: First Knight, True Blue, Honest, The One and Only, and Miramax’s Brideshead Revisited.

 

ANNA MADELEY (Celia).  Theatre includes: Contractions, Ladybird (Royal Court); Coram Boy (Royal National Theatre), The Philanthropist, The Cosmonauts Last Message (Donmar); Colder Than Here (Soho Theatre), The Rivals (Bristol Old Vic), Roman Actor, The Malcontent, Love In A Wood, A Russian In The Woods, Madness in Valencia, The Merry Wives of Windsor  (Royal Shakespeare Company / West End). Film includes: Brideshead Revisited, In Burges, Stoned, Circular File, Guest House Paridiso, Wonderful World, Back Home. Television includes: “Crooked House” (BBC4), “Marple – A Pocket of Rye” (ITV), “The Children” (Tightrope), “Waking the Dead,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Lewis” (BBC).  

 

STEVEN WEBER (Don).  With a wide range of acclaimed film, television and theater credits to his name, Steven Weber has established himself as one of the most diverse and respected talents in Hollywood.  Weber recently starred on Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”.  He also starred in the Stephen King mini-series, “Desperation” for ABC, Showtime’s original film, “Reefer Madness” and the USA Network’s “12 Days of Christmas.”   Weber recently returned to the stage, appearing at the Old Vic in London in National Anthems, in which he co-starred with Kevin Spacey and Mary Stuart Masterson and he also took over for Matthew Broderick on Broadway as Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks’ smash hit musical The Producers.  Previously, Weber appeared in Mike Figgis’ innovative “Timecode 2000” and he also joined the cast of ABC’s “Once and Again” as a series regular in 2002.  Weber made his writing debut with his critically acclaimed film Club Land.  He also produced and starred with Alan Alda as the unsuccessful father-son agent team of ‘Willie and Stuey Walters.’  Before Timecode 2000, Weber appeared opposite Nicholas Cage in Figgis’ Leaving Las Vegas, as Bridget Fonda’s doomed boyfriend ‘Sam Rowson’ in the 1992 blockbuster thriller Single White Female, the 1999 romantic drama At First Sight with Val Kilmer and Mira Sorvino, as well as lending his voice to the animated children’s film An All Dog’s Christmas Carol. Weber portrayed the title role in Christopher Ashley’s Jeffrey, the story of a young that same year was seen opposite Leslie Nielsen in Mel Brook’s horror spoof Dracula: Dead and Loving It.  Weber has delivered numerous memorable performances on the small screen. Perhaps most famous of all his roles is that of the quick-witted pilot ‘Brian Hackett’ on the popular TV series “Wings,” which ran from 1990-1997. He has also made his mark in several television movies, including “Betrayed By Love” starring opposite Patricia Arquette and “In the Company of Darkness” with Helen Hunt.  Weber made his New York theatre debut as a member of the Mirror Repertory Theatre opposite Geraldine Page in Odets’ Paradise Lost and made his Broadway debut in Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing.

 

TATE ELLINGTON (John).  Tate Ellington starred in the The Elephant King, which was selected for the Tribeca Film Festival, and for which he won Best Actor at the Brooklyn International Film Festival.  His theatre credits include The Shape of Things for the Rising Sun Performance Company, and the 2004 Fringe Festival winning Dog Sees God at the SoHo Playhouse.  Other film and TV credits include ABC’s “The Unusuals”, Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson’s “Invention of Lying”, HBO Film’s Taking Chance, and the independent film Red opposite Brian Cox.

 

JENNIFER MUDGE (Araminta).  Jennifer Mudge has appeared off-Broadway this season in two Stephen Belber works – Fault Lines (Naked Angels), directed by David Schwimmer and The Geometry of Fire (Rattlestick Theater), directed by Lucie Tiberghien.  She was nominated for a 2007 Drama Desk Award for her performance opposite Dulé Hill in Amiri Baraka’s controversial Dutchman, at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and played Maggie at the Geffen Playhouse in Gil Cates’ production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opposite John Goodman and Brenda Fricker. New York Theater: Craig Wright’s The Pavilion (Rattlestick); world premiere of Terrence McNally’s The Stendhal Syndrome (Primary Stages); Reckless (Broadway); Rose’s Dilemma (Manhattan Theatre Club); Only the End of the World (Company Charniere).  Regional: Arena Stage; Bay Street; Alabama Shakespeare; CATF; Sundance Theatre Institute; Westport Playhouse; NY Stage & Film; Williamstown; and, as a member of Trinity Repertory Company under Oskar Eustis’ artistic direction, Saint Joan, Othello, The Music Man, As You Like It, Into the Woods, among others.  Independent features: Drifting Elegant by Stephen Belber and Play It by Ear. TV: “Life is Wild”, “Canterbury’s Law”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “Hope & Faith”, “Law & Order”, “Hack”, various soaps. Training: MFA, Trinity Repertory.   2007 recipient of the Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship.

 

SAMANTHA SOULE (Liz).  Broadway: Dinner At Eight (Lincoln Center Theater) Coram Boy (Imperial Theater) Off-Broadway: The Voysey Inheritance (The Atlantic Theater Company), Valhalla (New York Theater Workshop), The Dining Room (The Keen Company, Drama Desk Award), The Telling Trilogy, Three Sisters (Rising Phoenix Rep), Splitting Infinity, Mayhem (Summer Play Festival), White Chocolate (Culture Project), Silver Nitrate (Juggernaught Theater Company), Brothers And Sisters (Manhattan Theater Source), Daisy Mayme (The Pearl Theater) Regional Theater:  Candida (Berkshire Theater Festival), The Evildoers (Yale Repertory Theater),  Twelfth Night, An Enemy Of The People, The Tempest (The Shakespeare Theater), A Body of Water (The Old Globe), Lady Windermere’s Fan (Williamstown Theater Festival), David Copperfield (Westport County Theater), Da (Cape Playhouse), TV/Film: Revolutionary Road, The Callback, “Guiding Light”, “Contest Searchlight” Training/Affiliations: BFA: The Juilliard School, Artistic Associate of Rising Phoenix Repertory.

 

CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON (Playwright).  Christopher Hampton’s plays, musicals and translations have garnered three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and the New York Theatre Critics Circle Award, while prizes for his film and television work include an Oscar, two BAFTAs and a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Plays include The Talking Cure, White Chameleon, Tales From Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist and Total Eclipse. He wrote the book and lyrics (with Don Black) for the musicals Sunset Boulevard and Dracula and the libretto for the Philip Glass operas Waiting For The Barbarians and Appomattox. He has translated extensively from Chekhov, Ibsen, Moliere, Odon von Horvath and Yasmina Reza (including Art and Lifex3). His screenplays include The Quiet American, Mary Reilly, Total Eclipse, Dangerous Liaisons, Carrington, The Secret Agent and Imagining Argentina, the last three of which he also directed. His latest screenplay was for the film Atonement, which won both the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for best Picture.

 

DAVID GRINDLEY (Director). Broadway: The American Plan, Pygmalion, Journey’s End (Belasco Theatre). London: Journey’s End (Olivier nomination) UK tours. West End directing credits include Honour with Diana Rigg, The Philanthropist with Simon Russell Beale, What the Butler Saw, Some Girls with David Schwimmer, Abigail’s Party (Olivier nomination) and Loot. Other credits include National Anthems (Old Vic) with Kevin Spacey, Single Spies, Richard III, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and the comedians The League of Gentlemen. Future work includes In the Club by Richard Bean and A Listening Heaven by Torben Betts.

 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres.  The company contributes invaluably to New York’s cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals and develops and produces new works by today’s writers and composers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout’s mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

 

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company.  Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  American Express is the 2008-2009 season sponsor of the Roundabout Theatre Company. 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s 2008-2009 season also includes Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey, starring Stockard Channing, Matthew Risch & Martha Plimpton, directed by Joe Mantello; Lisa Loomer’s Distracted featuring Cynthia Nixon, directed by Mark Brokaw; Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, starring Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Cerveris, Paul Sparks and Peter Stormare, directed by Ian Rickson; and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, starring (in order of speaking) Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman, David Strathairn, directed by Anthony Page.  Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps made its second Broadway transfer to the Helen Hayes Theatre on January 21, 2009.

 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

 

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ROUNDABOUT THEATRE ANNOUNCES MATTHEW BRODERICK IN THE PHILANTHROPIST ON BROADWAY

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

 

announces

Tony® Award winner

Matthew Broderick

 

in a new Broadway production of

THE PHILANTHROPIST

Written by Tony® and Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton

Directed by David Grindley

 

Preview performances will begin on April 10th, 2009

Opening night is April 26th, 2009

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to announce Tony® Award winner Matthew Broderick as “Philip” in a new Broadway production of The Philanthropist by Tony® and Academy Award winner Christopher Hampton, directed by David Grindley.

 

The Philanthropist will begin previews on April 10th, 2009 and open officially on April 26th, 2009 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This will be a limited engagement.

 

Additional cast members and the design team will be announced shortly.

 

Written as a response to Molière’s The Misanthrope, Hampton’s biting bourgeois comedy examines the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.  At the center of the story is Philip (Broderick), a professor who seems almost absurdly removed from the political turmoil surrounding him, including the assassination of the Prime Minister and his cabinet.

 

Stage veteran and 2-time Tony® winner Matthew Broderick (The Producers, How to Succeed in Business…) returns to Roundabout Theatre Company following the 2004 production of The Foreigner at the Laura Pels Theatre.  Director David Grindley also returns following his acclaimed 2007 production of Pygmalion starring Claire Danes and Jefferson Mays.  Roundabout is pleased to continue their relationship with Christopher Hampton following the recent Tony® nominated Broadway production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Laura Linney and Ben Daniels.

 

The Philanthropist premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 1970.  It opened on Broadway in 1971 and was nominated for the Tony® Award for Best Play.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets will be available in the Spring of 2009, by phone at (212) 719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines theatre box office (227 West 42 Street). 

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

The Philanthropist will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

 

BIOGRAPHIES:

MATTHEW BRODERICK (Philip).  A two-time Tony award-winning stage actor and instantly recognizable film presence, Matthew Broderick was most recently seen in the feature films Finding Amanda, alongside Brittany Snow, and Diminished Capacity, opposite Alan Alda and Virginia Madsen.  In the spring of 2008, he was also on the big screen in Helen Hunt’s directorial debut Then She Found Me.  Upcoming work includes Margaret with Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo, and Universal’s animated adventure The Tale of Despereaux, in which he voices the title character. He most recently wrapped production on Wonderful World, opposite Sanaa Lathan.  In 2005 he starred in the blockbuster Broadway production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple on Broadway. He also starred in the hit off-Broadway play, The Foreigner, at the Roundabout Theatre. Also in 2005, he starred in the feature film version of The Producers, reprising the Tony-nominated performance he gave on Broadway in this smash hit musicalBroderick starred in the critically acclaimed You Can Count on Me opposite Laura Linney.  He also earned considerable acclaim starring opposite Reese Witherspoon in the critically lauded and Independent Spirit Award winning political satire Election, directed by Alexander Payne.  A New York native, he made his professional stage debut opposite his father, James Broderick, at age 17 in the production of On Valentine’s Day.  His performance in Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy, won him the Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor. Broderick won his first Tony Award for Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, and starred in the play’s sequel, Biloxi Blues.  He won his second Tony for his role as J. Pierrepont Finch, in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.  Broderick has also starred in such blockbuster movies as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Glory, War Games, and Disney’s The Lion King, as the adult voice of Simba.  Additional credits include Bee Movie, Godzilla, Addicted to Love, The Cable Guy, Inspector Gadget, Deck the Halls, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, Max Dugan Returns, Project X, Family Business, The Freshman, The Night We Never Met, The Last Shot and The Stepford Wives.  In addition to his stage, screen and Broadway credits, he has also appeared in the Showtime film Master Harold…and the Boys and received an Emmy nomination for the TNT production of David Mamet’s A Life in the Theater in which he starred opposite Jack Lemmon.  Broderick resides in New York with his wife Sarah Jessica Parker and son, James Wilkie Broderick.

 

CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON (Playwright).  Christopher Hampton’s plays, musicals and translations have garnered three Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and the New York Theatre Critics Circle Award, while prizes for his film and television work include an Oscar, two BAFTAs and a Special Jury Prize at Cannes. Plays include The Talking Cure, White Chameleon, Tales From Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Treats, Savages, The Philanthropist and Total Eclipse. He wrote the book and lyrics (with Don Black) for the musicals Sunset Boulevard and Dracula and the libretto for the Philip Glass operas Waiting For The Barbarians and Appomattox. He has translated extensively from Chekhov, Ibsen, Moliere, Odon von Horvath and Yasmina Reza (including Art and Lifex3). His screenplays include The Quiet American, Mary Reilly, Total Eclipse, Dangerous Liaisons, Carrington, The Secret Agent and Imagining Argentina, the last three of which he also directed. His latest screenplay was for the film Atonement, which won both the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards for best Picture.

 

DAVID GRINDLEY (Director). Broadway: Pygmalion, Journey’s End (Belasco Theatre). London: Journey’s End (Olivier nomination) UK tours. West End directing credits include Honour with Diana Rigg, The Philanthropist with Simon Russell Beale, What the Butler Saw, Some Girls with David Schwimmer, Abigail’s Party (Olivier nomination) and Loot. Other credits include National Anthems (Old Vic) with Kevin Spacey, Single Spies, Richard III, Sexual Perversity in Chicago and the comedians The League of Gentlemen. Future work includes In the Club by Richard Bean and A Listening Heaven by Torben Betts.

 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres.  The company contributes invaluably to New York’s cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals and develops and produces new works by today’s writers and composers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout’s mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

 

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company.  Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  American Express is the 2008-2009 season sponsor of the Roundabout Theatre Company.  The Westin New York is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company.   

 

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s 2008-2009 season also includes Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons, starring Frank Langella, directed by Doug Hughes; Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey, starring Stockard Channing, Christian Hoff & Martha Plimpton, directed by Joe Mantello; David Rabe’s Streamers, directed by Scott Ellis, Lisa Loomer’s Distracted featuring Cynthia Nixon, directed by Mark Brokaw; Bob Fosse’s Dancin’; Steven Levenson’s The Language of Trees, directed by Alex Timbers and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, starring Mary-Louise Parker, directed by Ian Rickson.  Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps transferred to the Cort Theatre on April 29th, 2008.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s critically acclaimed Broadway production of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men is currently booking the third year of its multi-award winning tour.  Twelve Angry Men is directed by Tony-nominated director Scott Ellis (Curtains).

 

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