The Philanthropist Broadway Show

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The Philanthropist Broadway Show

The Philanthropist on Broadway

Following the 2004 production of The Foreigner at the Laura Pels Theatre, stage vet and two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick (The Producers) returns to Roundabout Theatre Company for the Broadway revival of Christopher Hampton's 1971 play The Philanthropist.  Director David Grindley also returns following his acclaimed '07 production of Pygmalion starring Claire Danes and Jefferson Mays.  Roundabout is continuing its relationship with playwright Christopher Hampton following the recent Tony-nominated Broadway production of his drama Les Liaisons Dangereuses starring Laura Linney.

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The Philanthropist is currently playing at the following Broadway Theatre:

American Airlines Theatre
American Airlines Theatre
227 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019
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Show Synopsis:
Written as a response to Molière’s classic play The Misanthrope, Christopher Hampton’s biting bourgeois comedy The Philanthropist examines the empty, insular lives of university intellectuals.  At the center of the story is Philip (played by Matthew Broderick), a professor who seems almost absurdly removed from the political turmoil surrounding him, including the assassination of the Prime Minister and his cabinet.


Cast List:
Matthew Broderick

Production Credits:
David Grindley (Direction)

Other Credits:
Christopher Hampton (Play)

Age No minimum age is specified by the theater, but babies cannot be brought to the show.

Summary Matthew Broderick plays the nicest and dullest man ever in this 1971 play about a university professor whose life and world is so insulated that he is barely fazed by assassination, suicide, and the other dramas that surround him - including his own love life.

Our Recommendation
Written by Christopher Hampton (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), The Philanthropist displays some wit, edginess, and a number of interesting ideas, but under David Grindley's direction this production is a bit listless.

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