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VIDEO: Jeff Daniels Talks Tackling Tough Subject in Broadway's BLACKBIRD

Jeff Daniels stopped by last night's LATE NIGHT to talk about tackling a tough subject matter in Broadway's Blackbird. "You gotta know what you're doing to do Broadway,"explained the actor, adding, "It's a thrill to be back again." Later, the 'Newsroom' star discussed the challenge of learning Aaron Sorkin's dialogue.

Known for such films as "Terms of Endearment," "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Arachnophobia" and his critically acclaimed television role in "The Newsroom," Daniels has received several prestigious nominations, as well as two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. Outside of screen work, Daniels has many stage credits to his name, including "God of Carnage," "The Golden Age," "Redwood Curtain," and "Fifth of July." Daniels is also a musician and songwriter, and is currently performing his music on tour.

Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams currently star in David Harrower's Olivier Award-winning dramaBlackbird. The production, directed by Joe Mantello, began previews Friday, February 5, and opened on March 10, at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44thStreet). Blackbird will play an 18-week limited engagement through June 12, 2016.

BLACKBIRD tells the story of Una and Ray. Fifteen years earlier they had a relationship and haven't set eyes on each other since. Now she's found him again.

BLACKBIRD premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival before moving on to London's West End where it won the Olivier Award for Best New Play in a production directed by Peter Stein. The drama was subsequently produced in New York by Manhattan Theatre Club in a production starringJeff Daniels andAllison Pill, directed by Joe Mantello.

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