NEW YORK -- Marking his first stint on Broadway in nine years, Alec Baldwin will return to the stage in the spring to star in Daniel Sullivan's production of Orphans, the 1983 play by Lyle Kessler.
Frederick Zollo and Robert Cole, both of whom are producers on Once, this year's Tony Award winner for best musical, are backing the production, which will play in a Shubert theater to be announced.
Baldwin will star as Harold, a wealthy man kidnapped by one of two orphaned brothers who live off petty theft in a run-down North Philadelphia row house. Harold becomes the father figure they have always yearned for.
"I have dreamed, for a long time, of doing this play with this director," said Baldwin.
The Emmy-winning 30 Rock actor was most recently seen on Broadway opposite Anne Heche in 2004 in Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's The Twentieth Century. He received a Tony nomination as lead actor in 1992, playing Stanley opposite Jessica Lange's Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Orphans premiered in 1983 at the Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles. It subsequently was produced by Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, off-Broadway at the Westside Arts Theatre and in London. The upcoming production will mark the play's first Broadway presentation.
Kessler also adapted the work into a 1987 film, directed by Alan J. Pakula and starring Albert Finney as Harold, with Matthew Modine and Kevin Anderson as the boys.
One of the most in-demand New York stage directors, Sullivan garnered rave reviews this month for his Shakespeare in the Park staging of As You Like It. He also directed last season's The Columnist, starring John Lithgow, and the previous season's hit staging of The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Lily Rabe.
Also on Sullivan's slate for the 2012-13 season is a revival of David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, starring Pacino and Bobby Cannavale.