The Royal Family: Stephen Collins and Tony Roberts join cast

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced that Emmy Award nominee Stephen Collins and Tony Award nominee Tony Roberts will join the cast of Manhattan Theatre Club�s upcoming production of The Royal Family, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes, opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on 8 Oct 2009, following previews from 15 Sep 2009.

Collins, who is best known to television audiences from the hit series '7th Heaven,' returns to MTC after having appeared in their production of the Stephen Sondheim revue 'Putting It Together.' He most recently played the role of �King Arthur� in the Broadway production of Monty Python�s 'Spamalot.' In The Royal Family, Collins will play the role of �Gilbert Marshall.�

Roberts is returning to MTC after appearing in the hit production of Charles Busch�s 'The Tale of the Allergist�s Wife' directed by Lynne Meadow. He most recently appeared on Broadway in the critically acclaimed cult musical 'Xanadu.' Roberts will play the role of �Oscar Wolfe.�

They join the previously announced Tony winner John Glover as �Herbert Dean,� Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee Rosemary Harris as �Fanny Cavendish,� Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell as �Julie Cavendish, and Tony Award nominee Reg Rogers as �Tony Cavendish.�

This will mark Harris� second time appearing in The Royal Family on Broadway. In the acclaimed 1976 production, she played the role of �Julie Cavendish,� the role that will be played by Jan Maxwell in the upcoming Broadway production.

It�s half past one in the fabulously cluttered Cavendish duplex in the East Fifties, and anyone who�s anyone is still asleep. So begins The Royal Family, a comedy of theatrical manners, written by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber, whose other storied collaborations include 'Dinner at Eight' and 'Stage Door.'

The Royal Family follows the Cavendishes, the famous family of stage stars, as they go about the drama of the day: choosing scripts, dashing off to a performance, and stealing kisses with handsome beaus. But what's this business about the younger Miss Cavendish wanting to quit the stage for domestic bliss? Never, darling!

Additional casting, creative team and other listings information for The Royal Family will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Royal Family will be the first production of MTC�s 2009-2010 theatrical season. Other productions will include the Broadway premiere of Donald Margulies� 'Collected Stories' directed by Lynne Meadow and featuring Linda Lavin. Off-Broadway at City Center, MTC�s season will include Donald Margulies� 'Time Stands Still' directed by Daniel Sullivan, 'Nightingale' written by and starring Lynn Redgrave and directed by Joseph Hardy, and the New York premiere of Polly Stenham�s 'That Face.'

In the coming weeks, MTC will announce one more production for the Friedman Theatre. That announcement will complete MTC�s upcoming season which will include three productions at the Friedman Theatre and three productions at New York City Center.

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