MTC’s THE LITTLE FOXES Receives 6 Tony Nominations including Best Revival

Last night, I saw Manhattan Theatre Club’s splendid Broadway revival of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, starring Laura Linney (Time Stands StillSight Unseen) as Birdie and Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, Wit) as Regina. The pair alternate playing the roles of Regina and Birdie, appearing opposite each other at every performance.

Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens and Laura Linney as Birdie Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus
Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens and Laura Linney as Birdie Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus

Helmed by Daniel Sullivan, The Little Foxes, which opened on April 19 at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) to universal acclaim from critics and is the most nominated play of the year, has been extended for two weeks through July 2. Click here for tickets.

Laura Linney as Birdie Hubbard, Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard, Michael McKean as Ben Hubbard, Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens, and Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens in “The Little Foxes”. Photo by Jason Bell
Laura Linney as Birdie Hubbard, Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard, Michael McKean as Ben Hubbard, Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens, and Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens in “The Little Foxes”. Photo by Jason Bell

The stellar cast includes Richard Thomas (An Enemy of the People at MTC, “The Americans”), Darren Goldstein (The Madrid at MTC, “The Affair”), Michael McKean (All The Way, “Better Call Saul”), David Alford (Broadway debut, “Nashville”), Michael Benz (The Importance of Being Earnest in the West End, “Downton Abbey”), Francesca Carpanini (Dead Poets Society at CSC, The Tempest), Caroline Stefanie Clay (Doubt, The Royal Family at MTC), and Charles Turner(The Trip to Bountiful, Orphans Home Cycle).

Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens and Caroline Stefanie Clay as Addie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens and Caroline Stefanie Clay as Addie. Photo by Joan Marcus

The play has garnered 6 Tony Award nods including  Best Revival, Best Actress – Laura Linney, Best Featured Actress – Cynthia Nixon, Best Featured Actor – Richard Thomas, Best Costume Design – Jane Greenwood and Best Director – Daniel Sullivan.

Complete List of 2017 Tony Nominees 

Francesca Carpanini as Alexandra Giddens and Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens. Photo by Joan Marcus
Francesca Carpanini as Alexandra Giddens and Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens. Photo by Joan Marcus

The revival garnered 3 Drama Desk Awards in the categories of Outstanding Actress in a Play – Laura Linney, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play – Cynthia Nixon and Outstanding Costume Design for a Play – Jane Greenwood.

Charles Turner as Cal and Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus
Charles Turner as Cal and Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus

Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon received Outer Critics Circle Awards for Outstanding Actress and Outstanding Featured Actress respectively. The production also received nominations for Outstanding Revival, Outstanding Director of a Play – Daniel Sullivan, Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play – Richard Thomas and Outstanding Set Design – Scott Pask.

HELLO DOLLY!, COME FROM AWAY, JITNEY, OSLO and More Garner Outer Critics Circle Awards

Michael Benz as Leo Hubbard, Caroline Stefanie Clay as Addie, Michael McKean as Ben Hubbard, Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard, Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens and David Alford as Mr. Marshall. Photo by Joan Marcus
Michael Benz as Leo Hubbard, Caroline Stefanie Clay as Addie, Michael McKean as Ben Hubbard, Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard, Cynthia Nixon as Regina Giddens and David Alford as Mr. Marshall. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Little Foxes was also nominated for 3 Drama League Awards in the categories of  Distinguished Revival of a Play and Distinguished Performance nominations for both Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon.

Laura Linney as Birdie Hubbard and Francesca Carpanini as Alexandra Giddens. Photo by Joan Marcus
Laura Linney as Birdie Hubbard and Francesca Carpanini as Alexandra Giddens. Photo by Joan Marcus

Two extraordinary actresses have returned to Manhattan Theatre Club in a vibrant new production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes. In a thrilling coup, MTC presents Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Laura Linney (Time Stands Still, Sight Unseen) and Emmy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Nixon (Rabbit Hole, Wit), who alternate playing the roles of Regina and Birdie, appearing opposite each other at each performance.

Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens, Michael McKean as Ben Hubbard, Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard and Michael Benz as Leo Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus
Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens, Michael McKean as Ben Hubbard, Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard and Michael Benz as Leo Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus

Lillian Hellman’s legendary play about greed and ambition is set in Alabama in 1900, and follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. Far from a sentimental look at a bygone era, the play has a surprisingly timely resonance with important issues facing our country today.

Laura Linney as Regina Giddens and Cynthia Nixon as Birdie Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus
Laura Linney as Regina Giddens and Cynthia Nixon as Birdie Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, a frequent MTC collaborator, has directed Linney to Tony nominations in both MTC’s Broadway premiere of Sight Unseen and MTC’s New York premiere of Time Stands Still. Sullivan directed Nixon to a Tony Award in MTC’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Rabbit Hole.

Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard and Michael Benz as Leo Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus
Darren Goldstein as Oscar Hubbard and Michael Benz as Leo Hubbard. Photo by Joan Marcus

The creative team for Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes includes: Scott Pask (scenic design), Jane Greenwood(costume design), Justin Townsend (lighting design), Fitz Patton (sound design), Tom Watson (hair and wig design),Tommy Kurzman (make-up design), Thomas Schall (fight director), Deborah Hecht (dialect coach), and Caparelliotis Casting (casting).

Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens and Francesca Carpanini as Alexandra Giddens. Photo by Joan Marcus
Richard Thomas as Horace Giddens and Francesca Carpanini as Alexandra Giddens. Photo by Joan Marcus

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Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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