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Frank Langella to Miss Final Performance of THE FATHER; Closes Today


Manhattan Theatre Club's American premiere of The Father, the new play by Molière Award winner Florian Zeller, with a translation by two-time Tony Award winner Christopher Hampton and directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes will play its final performance today at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

BroadwayWorld has just learned that Frank Langella is ill and will be out for today's 2pm final performance. The performance will take place as scheduled with Mr. Langella's understudy, Anthony Newfield.

Refunds will be issued if patrons no longer wish to attend. Any ticketing questions can be directed to Telecharge customer service at 212-239-6200.

Frank Langella won a Tony for his role in The Father and also was awarded the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play. Langella is also nominated for the 2016 Drama Desk Award and will be honored at the 2016 Drama League Awards for this performance. The Father was nominated for the 2016 Tony Award, Drama League Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play.

Now 80 years old, André (Frank Langella) was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne (Kathryn Erbe) and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can't find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he's losing control.

The creative team for The Father includes: Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber(costume design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Fitz Patton (original music and sound design), and Jim Steinmeyer (illusion consultant).

Lead support for The Father has been provided by MTC's Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber.

Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include The Father (Tony Nomination for Best Play), Fool For Love by Sam Shepard, Airline Highway by Lisa D'Amour;Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Stanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by MargaretEdson; Venus in Fur by David Ives; Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by LynnNottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain't Misbehavin', the Fats Waller musical to name just a few. For more information on MTC, please visit

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