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John Lithgow Will Bring a One-Man Show to Broadway


John Lithgow at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards. He has a one-man show coming to Broadway.

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In 2008, John Lithgow unveiled a one-man show at Lincoln Center, playing 11 characters in what The New York Times described as a “tour de force.” After nine years of refining and tinkering, Mr. Lithgow will bring a revised, extended version of that show, entitled “John Lithgow: Stories by Heart,” to Broadway.

The show, produced by the Roundabout Theater Company, is a tribute to his parents and grandmother, and the stories they told him when he was a child. Mr. Lithgow centered his 2008 run around a retelling of P. G. Wodehouse’s “Uncle Fred Flits By,” complete with an impersonation of a battle-ax. The coming Broadway version will include that story as well as Ring Lardner’s “The Haircut” and other ruminations on family and mortality.

“It’s a meditation on storytelling,” Mr. Lithgow told The Times in a 2008 interview. “It’s very personal to me, but it ends up a great flamboyant performance.”

Previews will begin on Dec. 21 at the American Airlines Theater, with the official opening on Jan. 11. Daniel Sullivan will direct; he directed “The Little Foxes” this year and in 2018 will direct a Broadway production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Saint Joan.”

Mr. Lithgow has won two Tony awards. His most recent Broadway appearance was in the 2014 production of Edward Albee’s “A Delicate Balance” with Glenn Close.

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