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Act One - 2014 - Broadway

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When the playwright and director, Moss Hart, published his autobiography, "Act One," in 1959 it was a sensation, filled with vivid recollections of colorful characters, especially Hart's first great collaborator, the brilliant George S. Kaufman.

The book gave a fascinating insider's view of how a show really gets to the stage. Many people feel it has never been bettered. "Act One" was more than just a Broadway tale, though. It was a bestseller for almost a year, topping the New York Times list for 41 weeks. Why would this story of the playwright and director's early years be so wildly and widely popular?

We think it's because "Act One" is not just the ultimate valentine to the theater. It is also a Dickensian story of a young immigrant and his family, struggling to escape poverty in the early 20th century. From tenements to glamorous townhouses, from Buffalo stages to Catskills summer camps, and finally to the Broadway of his dreams, Hart's masterful telling captures the hope, misery and comedy of the climb, but also the glee of making it - because he did! A classic New York story.

Now, almost 75 years after Moss Hart's first Broadway success, James Lapine (who knows a thing or two about collaboration from his many shows written with Stephen Sondheim) brings ACT ONE to the stage. He has written and directs this world premiere production at the Beaumont. Tony Shalhoub, playing both George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart as an adult, is familiar to LCT audiences as the father in Golden Boy for which he was nominated for a Tony Award last season. Santino Fontana (the Tony-nominated prince in Broadway's Cinderella) portrays Mr. Hart as a young man. Andrea Martin (Tony winner for her spectacular turn as Berthe in Pippin, and also for LCT's My Favorite Year) plays Aunt Kate, a pivotal figure in Hart's early life.

Schedule

Vivian Beaumont Theatre

(New York, NY)
150 West 65th St. at Broadway Seating Chart

Featured Reviews For Act One


Review: Little drama in 'Act One'; still, there's some good theater - LA Times
But there's a fundamental problem in bringing "Act One" to the stage: The episodic story isn't structured as a drama. There's tension but little suspense. Anyone who knows the vaguest thing about Hart will know that he became one of the 20th century's major Broadway figures...on stage this roller coaster journey, unable to induce butterflies of excitement, seems unduly repetitive. The book hasn't been distilled into a workable dramatic form...But there are rewards to the production. Three actors play Moss Hart: Matthew Schechter is young Hart, Tony Shalhoub is the older Hart looking back, and Santino Fontana is the anxious, eager-beaver acolyte Hart determined to conquer the Great White Way. All three are terrific, but Shalhoub, who also plays Hart's father as well as a highly neurotic George S. Kaufman (who has some of the same compulsive tendencies as Shalhoub's TV character Monk) is outstanding.

Theater review: 'Act One' - Bergen Record
Moss Hart's autobiography "Act One" was big news in 1959. But are people interested in a man whose fame on Broadway happened well over a half-century ago? If they're not, it's hard to see what they'll find to savor - other than a delightful performance by Tony Shalhoub - in James Lapine's stage adaptation of the book, which opened Thursday night at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.


 



 

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by BWW News Desk - November 13, 2015
ACT ONE, Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-nominated production from last year, written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart, will air on PBS's LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER tonight, November 13, 2015 from 9 to 11:30 p.m. ET.
by BWW News Desk - October 8, 2015
ACT ONE, Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-nominated production from last year, written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart, will air on PBS's LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 9 to 11:30 p.m. ET.
by TV News Desk - June 13, 2014
Tony Shalhoub stopped by last night's LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS to talk about his role in the Broadway play, 'Act One.'
by BroadwayWorld TV - June 8, 2014
As announced earlier this evening, Beowulf Boritt won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play. BroadwayWorld's own Richard Ridge was in the press room to catch up with the winner on what the award means to him - hear what Boritt had to say below!
by BWW Special Coverage - June 8, 2014
ACT ONE's Beowulf Boritt has won the 2014 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Play. Act One marks Boritt's LCT debut. His Broadway credits include The Scottsboro Boys (Tony nomination), Sondheim on Sondheim, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, LoveMusik, Rock of Ages, Chaplin, Bronx Bombers, Grace, The Two and Only.
by BWW News Desk - June 5, 2014
Lincoln Center Theater's Tony Award-nominated production of ACT ONE, written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart, will be filmed for Live from Lincoln Center for an anticipated broadcast on PBS at a future date, it has just been announced. ACT ONE which is up for 5 Tony Awards this Sunday, including Best Play, runs through June 15 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
by Walter McBride - May 28, 2014
Below you can check out photos of Beowulf Boritt and Dan Moses Schreier, nominated for Best Best Scenic Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Play for Act One, in the BroadwayWorld.com series 'In the Spotlight' by acclaimed photographer Walter McBride!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 12, 2014
Today we continue our Tonys coverage with Beowulf Boritt and Dan Moses Schreier, nominees for Best Best Scenic Design of a Play and Best Sound Design of a Play for Act One. Check out what they had to say below!
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2014
In honor of playwright Moss Hart, Lincoln Center Theater offers a "once in a lifetime" playwriting contest in conjunction with its Tony nominated play, Act One. ACT ONE, a play written and directed by James Lapine, from the autobiography by Moss Hart, is currently playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater (150 West 65th Street).
by Naomi Serviss - May 6, 2014
Martin portrays three characters in is James Lapine's adaptation of the autobiography of the theater legend Moss Hart.
by BWW News Desk - April 28, 2014
Lincoln Center Theater's Platform Series, a forum for public discussion between Lincoln Center Theater artists and interested theatergoers, continues its 16th season on Thursday, May 8 at 6 pm with SANTINO FONTANA, ANDREA MARTIN and TONY SHALBOUB, cast members of ACT ONE, currently playing at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
by Michael Dale - April 18, 2014
James Lapine's adaptation of Moss Hart's classic autobiography is a love letter to Broadway.
by Walter McBride - April 18, 2014
The Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Andre Bishop) production of Act One, a play written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart, just opened last night, April 17, at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The cast features Bob Ari, Bill Army, Will Brill, Laurel Casillo, Chuck Cooper, Santino Fontana, Steven Kaplan, Will LeBow, Mimi Lieber,Charlotte Maier, Noah Marlowe, Andrea Martin, Greg McFadden, Deborah Offner, Lance Roberts,Matthew Saldivar, Matthew Schechter, Tony Shalhoub, Jonathan Spivey, Wendy Rich Stetson, Bob Stillman and Amy Warren. BroadwayWorld was there for the special night and you can check out photos from the after party below!
by Review Roundups - April 17, 2014
The Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Andre Bishop) production of Act One, a play written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart, opens tonight, April 17, at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. Let's see what the critics had to say...
by BroadwayWorld TV - April 15, 2014
The Lincoln Center Theater (under the direction of Producing Artistic Director Andre Bishop) production of Act One, a play written and directed by James Lapine from the autobiography by Moss Hart, is currently in previews at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. The cast features Bob Ari, Bill Army, Will Brill, Laurel Casillo, Chuck Cooper, Santino Fontana, Steven Kaplan, Will LeBow, Mimi Lieber, Charlotte Maier, Noah Marlowe, Andrea Martin, Greg McFadden, Deborah Offner, Lance Roberts, Matthew Saldivar, Matthew Schechter, Tony Shalhoub, Jonathan Spivey, Wendy Rich Stetson, Bob Stillman and Amy Warren. Act One will open on Thursday, April 17. BroadwayWorld brings you highlights of the cast in action below!