Kevin Kline won his third Tony Award two weeks ago for his over-the-top turn as a self-indulgent actor in the acclaimed revival of Noel Coward‘s 1946 comedy of manners “Present Laughter.” While the production is shuttering on July 2, the June 23 performance was filmed by BroadwayHD and Thirteen/WNET under the direction of David Horn. Expect this version, which captures the excitement of live theater, to make its way to the streaming service in the coming months. The filmed version is then likely to air on PBS as well.
Kline’s last appearance on Broadway was almost a decade ago in the Edmond Rostand classic comedy “Cyrano de Bergerac.” That was similarly filmed for television and presented on PBS as part of the “Great Performances” anthology series. The Oscar winner reaped an Emmy bid for Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actor. He lost that 2009 race to Brendan Gleeson for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the telefilm “Into the Storm.”
In making the announcement, “Present Laughter” lead producer Jordan Roth said, “As our thrilling limited engagement comes to an end on Broadway, we are all so excited to be partnering with Thirteen/WNET and BroadwayHD to preserve our beloved production for audiences around the world and for years to come. Now our Laughter will always be Present!”
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