Cynthia Nixon and Laura Linney are teaming up for a return to Broadway.
The actresses will star in a revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes at the Manhattan Theatre Club for a limited run next year, it was announced Tuesday. Nixon and Linney will star as Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard, alternating the roles each night. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan will direct.
Nixon first appeared on Broadway in the 1980 revival production of The Philadelphia Story and won a Tony in 2006 for her performance in Rabbit Hole. Linney made her Broadway debut in 1990 and has earned Tony nominations for her performances in The Crucible, Sight Unseen, and Time Stands Still.
Sullivan previously directed Nixon in Rabbit Hole and Linney in Sight Unseen and Time Stands Still.
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The Little Foxes has a long history on both stage and screen. Set in 1900 Alabama, the story of green and ambition follows Regina and her ruthless family, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash while trying to strike the deal of their lives. Written by Hellman and first performed on Broadway in 1939 starring Tallulah Bankhead as Regina, it has since been revived in 1967 at Lincoln Center and again in 1981 with Elizabeth Taylor. The last Broadway revival was in 1997. Lillian Hellman adapted her play for the screen in 1941 and starred Bette Davis.
The new production of The Little Foxes will begin previews on March 29, with an opening set for April 19.