Cynthia Nixon Returns to 'The Real Thing' on Broadway

2:30 PM PST 03/13/2014 by David Rooney
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Cynthia Nixon

The Tony-winning actress will star opposite Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the revival of Tom Stoppard's play, having appeared early in her career in the original 1984 production.

NEW YORK -- Cynthia Nixon is going back to a play she knows well: The Real Thing.

The Sex and the City veteran has been cast in the Roundabout Theatre Company's upcoming revival of the 1982 drama, marking her second appearance in a major Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's moving reflection on love, marriage and infidelity.

Nixon was featured in the ensemble of the original 1984 Mike Nichols-directed Broadway run, which starred Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons and Christine Baranski, all three of whom won Tony Awards for their roles. The production also won the Tony for best play that year.

In a history-making first, Nixon dashed a few blocks between scenes each night to appear simultaneously in another Nichols Broadway production, Hurlyburly, the David Rabe play whose all-star cast included William Hurt, Judith Ivey, Harvey Keitel, Ron Silver, Jerry Stiller and Sigourney Weaver.

In the revival of The Real Thing, she stars opposite previously announced castmates Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal, both of whom are making their Broadway debuts. Nixon will take on the role of Charlotte, the mother of the teenage character she played in 1984.

Directed by Sam Gold (who made a recent cameo on HBO's Girls, playing a Broadway director), the new production begins previews Oct. 2 at the American Airlines Theatre, with opening night set for Oct. 30.

The Real Thing was previously revived on Broadway in 2000, starring Stephen Dillane and Jennifer Ehle. That production won Tonys for best actor, actress and revival.

Nixon's most recent Broadway appearance was in the 2012 revival of Margaret Edson's Wit. She won a Tony as best actress in a play in 2006 for David Lindsay-Abaire's Rabbit Hole.

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