In the past few years, Alec Baldwin has had most of his time tied up with his starring role as Jack Donaghy on NBC’s “30 Rock,” but he recently announced that he will be making his return to Broadway next year.
Baldwin will star as Harold in Lyle Kessler’s 1983 drama “Orphans.” In the play, Baldwin’s role is that of a mobster who is kidnapped by his two brothers. No other casting has been announced as of yet. Producers Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole said the theater and performance dates will be announced later.
The play was an Off Broadway hit in 1985 when it starred John Mahoney in the role of Harold. In 1987, the play was adapted into a movie by Alan J. Pakula. Albert Finney starred in the role of Harold for the film.
Alec Baldwin has appeared in a slew of Broadway and Off Broadway productions throughout his career, with the most recent coming in 2006 when he starred in the Off Broadway revival of “Entertaining Mr. Sloane.” During that production, Baldwin’s co-star Jan Maxwell left the show, claiming she did not want to deal with Baldwin’s offstage behavior, the New York Times reports.
In the past 25 years, Baldwin has appeared in four Broadway plays, with the most recent being “Twentieth Century” in 2004. He was nominated for a Best Actor Tony for his performance in the 1992 revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” He starred in that production opposite Jessica Lange.
The Broadway run of the play is expected to begin in spring 2013 will be directed by Daniel Sullivan, best known for his work on “The Columnist” and “Proof.” Sullivan also is staging a Broadway revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross” this fall.
The seventh season of “30 Rock” will premiere this fall, and is slated to be the final season of the popular comedy.