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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chris Noth Heads to Farragut North

Chris arrives in Hawaii on September 12
with son Orion
Chris Noth (Law & Order, Law & Order Criminal Intent) is heading off Broadway. He will be appearing in the world premier of "Farragut North," a play by Beau Willimon about political intrigue. The Atlantic Theater Company production will open on November 12 at its off-Broadway theater, and preview performances begin October 22.

Chris will play the lead role of Farragut North, a character named for a Washington DC subway stop. According to Beau Willimon, Noth will play "a veteran political operative, manager to an insurgent presidential campaign. A gruff, boisterous personality with a razor-sharp intelligence and an even sharper tongue."

Here’s the full story from Broadway.com:

Chris Noth and John Gallagher Jr. to Co-Star in Farragut North at Atlantic
by Broadway.com Staff

Sex and the City heartthrob Chris Noth and Tony Award winner John Gallagher Jr. of Spring Awakening have signed on to star in Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere of Beau Willimon's Farragut North, which begins previews October 22. Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt), the limited engagement will have its opening November 12 and play through November 29.

Noth and Gallagher will appear alongside cast members Dan Bittner (The Vertical Hour), Atlantic Theater Company member Kate Blumberg (Almost an Evening, Celebration and the Room), Otto Sanchez (HBO's Oz), Olivia Thirlby (the title character's best friend in Juno) and Atantic company member Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Cherry Orchard, Edmond, HBO's The Wire).

Named for a Washington DC subway stop, Farragut North centers on Stephen, a wunderkid press secretary who has built a career men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives, and his one-night stand with a teenaged staffer proves to be more complicated than casual. Screen star Jake Gyllenhaal participated in a reading of the play, and Warner Brothers is reportedly developing a feature film version to star Leonard DiCaprio. Playwright Willimon (Lower Ninth) worked on Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign.

Noth appeared on Broadway in Gore Vidal's The Best Man and recently played the role of Teach in American Buffalo at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Off-Broadway credits include Innocent, Thoughts, Harmless Intentions, Arms and the Man and What Didn't Happen. He recently reprised his role as Sex and the City's “Mr. Big” for the summer's big screen film adaptation of the classic television series. Noth has also starred on the TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order. Additional TV and films credits include Sex and the City, Homicide: Life on the Street, Touched by an Angel, Pigeonholed and Julius Caesar.

Gallagher originated the role of Moritz in Atlantic's acclaimed production of Spring Awakening, going on to win a Tony Award in the same part once the show transferred to Broadway. He also appeared on Broadway in Rabbit Hole. Additional off-Broadway credits include Kimberly Akimbo and Atlantic's Port Authority.

Farragut North will be followed by Atlantic's forthcoming productions of The Cripple of Inishmaan (December 9 through March 1, 2009) and Ethan Coen's Offices (Spring 2009).

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