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Holmes, Weist, Lithgow and Wilson To Star In All My Sons Fall '08

By: May. 19, 2008
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 Producer Eric Falkenstein has confirmed that John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson, and Katie Holmes will star in a new Broadway production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons directed by Simon McBurney scheduled to open on Broadway this fall.  Theatre and dates to be announced. 

Tony Award nominee Tom Pye will design sets and costumes  (Top Girls, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Glass Menagerie, Fiddler on the Roof and Medea).  Additional creative team members and casting will be announced shortly.

Arthur Miller's first successful play, All My Sons won the Tony Award for the author in 1947 and ran for 328 performances on Broadway.  Miller took his inspiration from a true story about a successful business man who knowingly sold the government defective airplane parts during World War II with tragic consequences.  The truth comes out and his life unravels when his son marries his business partner's daughter.

 Two-time Tony Award® winner John Lithgow is currently starring at Lincoln Center in his one man show Stories by Heart.  His other NY stage credits include Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Changing Room (Tony Award), Mrs. Farnsworth, The Retreat From Moscow and Sweet Smell Of Success (Tony Award) . He won three Emmy Awards for his performance as Dick Solomon on the hit NBC comedy series 3rd Rock From The Sun. His many film credits include two back-to-back Oscar nominations for the films The World According To Garp and Terms of Endearment. He is also the author of seven New York Times best selling children's pictures books.

Dianne Wiest was most recently on the New York stage in an acclaimed performance in The Seagull at CSC.   She also appeared in Wendy Wasserstein's Third at Lincoln Center and Kathleen Tolan's Memory House at Playwrights Horizons.  On Broadway she appeared in Salome, Solitaire, Othello, Beyond Therapy and In the Summer House.  She won Obie Awards for her performances in The Art of Dining, Other Places and Serenading Louie.  Film work includes:  Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award), Hannah and Her Sisters (Academy Award), Parenthood (Academy Award nomination), The Birdcage, Radio Days, September, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Edward Scissorhands, The Lost Boys, Little Man Tate, Dan in Real Life, among others.  Television work includes: "Road to Avonlea" (Emmy Award), "The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn" (Emmy nomination), and  HBO's "In Treatment."

Patrick Wilson was last seen on Broadway in Barefoot in the Park.  His other Broadway credits  are The Full Monty (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations, Drama League Award), Oklahoma! (Tony and Drama Desk nominations), and Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm (Drama League Award). He was seen off-Broadway in: Bright Lights, Big City (Drama Desk nomination, Drama League Award), Tenderloin (Encores!). and in the national tour of Carousel (Drama-Logue Award, Carbonell Award, L.A. Ovation nom.), and Miss Saigon. His regional credits include Sweet Bird of Youth, Harmony, Ciderhouse Rules, Romeo and Juliet: The Musical, Lucky in the Rain, The Full Monty. Recordings: The Full Monty, Tenderloin, Lucky in the Rain, Bright Lights Big City, Allegro. Film: Angels in America (Golden Globe and Emmy nominations),  The Alamo, Phantom of the Opera, Hard Candy, Little Children , Evening. Upcoming Films: Lakeview Terrace , Passengers, Watchmen . Recently Wrapped: Barry Munday.

Katie Holmes will make her Broadway bow in All My Sons.   She made her debut in Ang Lee's acclaimed film The Ice Storm, which led to her role in the popular television series "Dawson's Creek."  Her other film credits include Disturbing Behavior, Go, Wonder Boys with Michael Douglas, Abandon, Pieces of April, The Singing Detective with Robert Downey Jr., First Daughter with Michael Keaton, Thank You for Smoking, Batman Begins, and Mad Money.

Simon McBurney is one of the most innovative theatre artists in the world.  He studied at Cambridge and in Paris before becoming a co-founder and artistic director of the internationally acclaimed theatre company Complicite, with whom he has devised, directed and acted in over 30 productions.  Most recently he conceived, wrote and directed A Disappearing Number (2008), which won Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards for Best Play. . Mr. McBurney's introduction to New York audiences came in 1996 with the Lincoln Center Festival's presentation of The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, after which came Ionesco's The Chairs (1998  six Tony and Drama Desk nominations , including Best Director of a Play); The Street of Crocodiles (also 1998), Mnemonic (2001), and most recently Mr. McBurney's adaptation of Murakami's The Elephant Vanishes (2005). In 2002, he directed Bertolt Brecht's The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (produced by National Actors Theater) with a cast that included Al Pacino, Paul Giamatti, Billy Crudup, Steve Buscemi, Charles Durning and John Goodman.

Simon McBurney's work on this production of All My Sons grew out of a meeting with Arthur Miller in 2001, shortly after the playwright saw the New York premiere of Mnemonic.

Eric Falkenstein was the lead producer of the Tony® Award winning Bridge & Tunnel, and for Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell.  His co-producing credits include

Long Day's Journey Into Night, The History Boys, and Thurgood.

Arthur Miller's plays include Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, A Memory of Two Mondays , After the Fall,  Incident at Vichy, The Price, The Creation of the World and Other Business  The Archbishop's Ceiling, The American Clock, Playing for Time, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Last Yankee, Broken Glass, Mr. Peters' Connections, Resurrection Blues, and Finishing the Picture.  Other works include Focus, a novel; The Misfits, a screenplay; and the texts for In Russia, In the Country, and Chinese Encounters, in collaboration with his wife, the photographer Inge Morath. Memoirs include Salesman in Beijing and Timebends. Short fiction includes the collection I Don't Need You Anymore, the novella, Homely Girl, a Life and Presence: Stories. His numerous awards include two New York Drama Critics Circle Award, two Emmy awards and three Tony Awards, a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, and the Pulitzer Prize.

The first production of All My Sons earned 1947 Tony Awards for author Miller and director Elia Kazan. That production starred Ed Begley and Karl Malden. The play was later adapted for the screen in 1948 featuring Edward G. Robinson and Burt Lancaster. A 1987 revival was presented at the John Golden Theatre starring Richard Kiley.

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