Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!

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Steven Weber, Jonathan Cake join Matthew Broderick in the Roundabout Theater Company revival of "The Philanthropist." Weber will play a friend of the leading character portrayed by Broderick in Christopher Hampton's 1970 take on "The Misanthrope," while Cake will play a writer.

Anna Madeley is the female lead, reprising a role she played in the 2005 staging of the play at the Donmar Warehouse. Tate Ellington, Jennifer Mudge and Samantha Soule complete the rest of the casting. The cast met the press at at The American Airlines Theatre Penthouse in New York City. March 20, 2009 and BWW was there!

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) will present 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.

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.

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

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

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Roundabout's THE PHILANTHROPIST meets the press!

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
David Grindley and Christopher Hampton

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Christopher Hampton

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
David Grindley

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
David Grindley

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!

Christopher Hampton and Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Christopher Hampton, Matthew Broderick and David Grindley

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Christopher Hampton, Matthew Broderick and David Grindley

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Steven Weber, Anna Madeley and Jonathan Cake

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Jonathan Cake and Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Jonathan Cake and Matthew Broderick

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Jonathan Cake

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Jonathan Cake

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Steven Weber

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Steven Weber

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Anna Madeley

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Anna Madeley

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Anna Madeley and Jonathan Cake

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Anna Madeley and Jonathan Cake

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Anna Madeley and Jonathan Cake

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Anna Madeley and Jonathan Cake

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Steven Weber, Anna Madeley, Matthew Broderick and Jonathan Cake

Photo Coverage: THE PHILANTHROPIST Meets the Press!
Christopher Hampton, Steven Weber, Anna Madeley Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Cake and David Grindley

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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