Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart To Co-star on Broadway

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Two of Britain’s finest stage actors will be taking the Broadway stage together later this year.  Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart — both well known to film and TV audiences — are set to star together in not one but two plays, Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot and Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.  In an unusual situation for Broadway, the productions will play in repertory.

Few details, including exact dates, theater, and additional cast members, have been determined yet.  But the rep productions are expected to start in Fall 2013 under the direction of Sean Mathias.  Stephen Brimson Lewis will provide set and costume design, while Peter Kaczorowski will serve as lighting designer.

“British actors are used to playing in repertory, whether for the National Theatre or the Royal Shakespeare Company,” stated Ian McKellen.  “We enjoy the challenge of variety, and audiences, myself included, enjoy watching a group of actors in contrasting roles. We hope, at least once a week, to give Broadway audiences the chance of seeing Beckett and Pinter on adjacent nights, perhaps even on the same day.”

Broadway Performers Come Together For Habitat For Humanity

Members of the Broadway community and beyond will be joining forces with Habitat for Humanity on September 24 for the 1st annual Broadway Builds event.  These Broadway performers will volunteer their time for the day to help revitalize homes in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The celebrities currently scheduled to participate include actors Patrick Stewart, Laura Linney, Michael Cerveris, Carrie Preston, Stew, Dominic Fumusa, Eddie Kaye Thomas, playwright/performer Stephen Belber, and producers Jordan Roth and Daryl Roth.  Actress and frequent Habitat for Humanity volunteer Emily Bergl (A Touch of the Poet and The Rivals on Broadway, TV’s Desperate Housewives), who organized the Broadway Builds event and will also participate, stated that, “We in the Broadway community have a real understanding of the need for affordable housing in New York City.”

People interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity or finding out how to get involved should visit Habitatnyc.org.