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Roundabout Welcomes Frank Langella Back to Broadway in MAN AND BOY

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Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that three-time Tony Award® winner Frank Langella will star as "Gregor Antonescu" in Terence Rattigan's drama Man and Boy on Broadway, directed by Maria Aitken.

As part of the centennial celebration of English playwright Terence Rattigan, Man and Boy will begin previews on September 9th and open officially on October 9, 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This will be a limited engagement through November 27, 2011.

Mr. Langella was recently nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as "Richard Nixon" in Ron Howard's film Frost/Nixon and has subsequently appeared in Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, All Good Things and The Box. Mr. Langella returns to Broadway and Roundabout Theatre Company following his 2008 performance as "Sir Thomas More" in A Man for All Seasons.

Maria Aitken also returns following her acclaimed staging of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps.

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

At the height of the Great Depression, ruthless financier Gregor Antonescu's (Langella) business is dangerously close to crumbling. In order to escape the wolves at his door, Gregor tracks down his estranged son Basil in the hopes of using his Greenwich Village apartment as a base to make a company-saving deal. Can this reunion help them reconcile? Or will this corrupt father use his only son as a pawn in one last power play? Man and Boy is a gripping story about family, success and what we're willing to sacrifice for both.

Only Roundabout subscribers have first access to tickets. To become a Roundabout Subscriber, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212) 719-1300 today. Single Tickets will be available to the general public in the summer of 2011.

Man and Boy will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.

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Frank Langella (Gregor Antonescu). Broadway: Bolt's A Man For All Season (Roundabout Theatre Company), Peter Morgan's Frost Nixon, Belber's Match, Turgenev's Fortune's Fool, Strindberg's The Father, Coward's Present Laughter, Schaffer's Amadeus, Rabe's Hurlyburly, Nichols' Passion, Albee's Seascape, Coward's Design for Living, Marowitz's Sherlock's Last Case, Hamilton-Dean's Dracula, Gibson's A Cry of Players, Lorca's Yerma. Off-Broadway: Rostand's Cyrano, Miller's After the Fall, Lowell's The Old Glory: Benito Cereno, Webster's The White Devil, Von Kliest's The Prince of Homburg, Gide's The Immoralist, Pendleton's Booth, Shakespeare's The Tempest, and A Christmas Carol (Menken/Ahrens). Films: Frost/Nixon, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; Good Night, and Good Luck; Starting out in the Evening; Lolita; All Good Things; Dave; The Ninth Gate; Dracula; Those Lips, Those Eyes; Diary of a Mad Housewife; The Twelve Chairs. Directors include George C. Scott, Arthur Penn, Roman Polanski, Adrian Lyne, Sir Peter Hall, Mike Nichols, Susan Stroman, Ivan Reitman, Ridley Scott, George Clooney, Bryan Singer, Michael Grandage, Mel Brooks and Oliver Stone. Television: PBS' "Eccentricities of a Nightingale" and Chekhov's "The Seagull," ABC's "The Beast," HBO's "The Doomsday Gun", Vonnegut's "Monkey House" for Showtime and HBO's "Unscripted" executive produced by George Clooney. Honors: Academy Award nomination 2009 Frost/Nixon, Induction into the 2003 Theatre Hall of Fame, three Tonys, six Drama Desks, three Obies, three Outer Critics Circles, the Drama League, the National Society of Film Critics, the Cable Ace Award, as well as Golden Globe, Emmy and Olivier nominations, an Independent Spirit Award nomination and the Boston Film Critics Award. Several dozen roles in America's leading regional theatres include Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon, Whiting's The Devils, Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady, Shepard's The Tooth of Crime and Barker's Scenes from an Execution.

Maria Aitken (Director). Current Olivier Award-winning West End production of The 39 Steps; Broadway, Off-Broadway and worldwide productions of The 39 Steps (Tony nomination for Best Director); Joanna MurRay Smith The Gift (Melbourne Theatre Company); Willy Russell Educating Rita (Huntington Theatre, Boston); As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre DC); Simon Gray Quartermaine's Terms (Williamstown Festival) and Japes (Bay Street Theatre), Rattigan Man and Boy (Duchess Theatre, London), Coward Easy Virtue (Chichester), Vita and Virginia (Sphinx Theatre), Lady Bracknell's Confinement (Vineyard Theatre, NY), School for Scandal (Clwyd Theatr), As You Like It (Regent's Park), Ludlam The Mystery of Irma Vep (Leicester Haymarket, & Ambassadors, London), Are You Sitting Comfortable (Watford Palace), The Rivals (Court Theatre, Chicago), After the Ball Was Over (Old Vic, London), Private Lives (Oxford Playhouse), and Happy Family (Duke of York's, London). As a leading actress, roles include Blithe Spirit, Bedroom Farce (Royal National Theatre), Travesties, Waste, and The Happiest Days of Your Life (RSC), and West End productions of Humble Boy, Sylvia, Hay Fever, Other People's Money, The Vortex, The Women, Sister Mary Ignatius..., Design for Living, Private Lives, and A Little Night Music. Film credits include A Fish Called Wanda. She is a visiting teacher at BADA, Juilliard, Yale School of Drama, NYU, The Actors Center in NYC, and The Academy for Classical Acting in DC. She is the author of two books, A Girdle Round the Earth and Style: Acting in High Comedy.

Terence Rattigan (Playwright). Born in London on the 10th June 1911, Rattigan was educated at Harrow (Scholar) from 1925 to 1930 and Trinity College, Oxford (History Scholarship) BA to 1933. He served as a flight Lieutenant in the Central Command, RAF from 1940 to 1945. In 1934 he became a full-time playwright. His many successful plays include French Without Tears, After The Dance, Flare Path, Love In Idleness, While The Sun Shines, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, Harlequinade, Adventure Story, Who Is Sylvia?, The Deep Blue Sea, The Sleeping Prince, Separate Tables, Variation On A Theme, Ross, Man And Boy, A Bequest To The Nation, In Praise Of Love, Cause Célèbre. Terence Rattigan still holds the record of being the only playwright to have notched more than 1000 performances for two separate plays, namely, French Without Tears and While The Sun Shines. During the war years, he had 3 plays running on Shaftesbury Avenue: Flare Path at the Apollo, While The Sun Shines at the Globe and Love In Idleness at the Lyric. He wrote screenplays of French Without Tears, The Way To The Stars, Journey Together, While the Sun Shines, The Winslow Boy, The Browning Version, The Prince And The Showgirl, Separate Tables, The Sound Barrier, The Man Who Loved Redheads, The Deep Blue Sea, The Final Test, The VIPs, The Yellow Rolls Royce, Goodbye Mr Chips, Conduct Unbecoming, A Bequest to the Nation - and collaborated on The Quiet Wedding, The Day Will Dawn, English Without Tears, Uncensored, Brighton Rock, Bond Street. His television plays include: Heart To Heart, Adventure Story, High Summer. After The Dance was shown in the performance series on BBC 2 in 1993 and The Deep Blue Sea was recorded for the same series. In 1958 he was awarded a CBE, and in 1971 he became Knight Bachelor. Sir Terence Rattigan died in 1977.

Roundabout Theatre Company is a not-for-profit theatre dedicated to providing a nurturing artistic home for theatre artists at all stages of their careers where the widest possible audience can experience their work at affordable prices. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the revival of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established playwrights and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate loyal 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 City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties; and the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC and the City of New York.

Roundabout Theatre Company's 2010-2011 season features Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, starring and directed by Brian Bedford; Anything Goes starring Sutton Foster & Joel Grey, directed & choreographed by Kathleen Marshall; David West Read's The Dream of the Burning Boy, directed by Evan Cabnet; Stoller, Butler & Dart's The People in the Picture, starring Donna Murphy, directed by Leonard Foglia; Stone, Meehan & Yeston's Death Takes a Holiday, directed by Doug Hughes.

Roundabout Theatre Company's 2011-2012 season features Bob Fosse's Dancin', directed by Graciela Daniele; Terence Rattigan's Man & Boy, starring Frank Langella, directed by Maria Aitken; Stephen Karam's Sons of the Prophet, directed by Peter DuBois; John Osborne's Look Back in Anger, directed by Sam Gold.

For more information, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org.

 

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