August: Osage County, which recently celebrated it's 300th performance on August 14, 2008 is adding a new star to the mix for 5 days only. The New York Times reports that 2 time Tony-winner (Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century), John Cullum will step in to play the role of Beverly Weston from September 16 to September 21 while Michael McGwire is on vacation.
Tracy Letts' August: Osage County, winner of the 2008 Tony, Pulitzer Prize, Drama Desk, New York Drama Critics' Circle, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play - played its 300th performance on Wednesday, August 13th, 2008. The show is the longest running play of the 2007-2008 season.
Directed by Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award Winner Anna D. Shapiro, August: Osage County is the explosively funny comedy-drama focusing on the Weston family following the disappearance of the family's patriarch.
Voted #1 play of the year by Time, The Associated Press, Entertainment Weekly, and TimeOut New York, Charles Isherwood of The New York Times has called August: Osage County "The most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years."
August: Osage County performs Tuesday-Friday at 7:30PM, Matinees on Wednesday and Saturdays at 2:00PM, Saturdays at 8:00PM and Sundays at 3:00PM. Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge.com, or by calling (212) 239-6200. Outside the NY Metro (800) 432-7250.
The Music Box Theatre is located at 239 West 45th Street. The after-party was held at Sardi's Restaurant, 234 W44th Street.Best known to television audiences for his portrayals of bar owner Holling Vincoeur (six seasons, Emmy nomination) on the hit series Northern Exposure, and Dr. Greene's (Anthony Edward's) father on E.R., John Cullum enjoys a long and distinguished career on stage and screen. He arrived in New York over fifty years ago, venturing far from his hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee with a dream of becoming a professional actor. In the years since, he's never stopped working.
Broadway audiences have relished Mr. Cullum's performances in such legendary shows as Camelot, Richard Burton's Hamlet (directed by Sir John Gielgud), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (in which he introduced the now famous title song), Man of La Mancha, 1776, Shenandoah, On the Twentieth Century, Deathtrap, The Boys in Autumn (opposite George C. Scott), Aspects of Love (with Sarah Brightman), Show Boat, Urinetown, 110 in the Shade (opposite audra mcdonald), and most recently in the title role of Shakespeare's Cymbeline at Lincoln Center. Mr. Cullum has been honored with two Tony Awards -- for Shenandoah and On the Twentieth Century -- and was also nominated for his work in On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Urinetown, and 110 in the Shade.