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   Features  >  LATEST NEW YORK NEWS

at the Music Box

By Roger B. Harris
Published July 25 2007

  Hank Azaria

Aaron Sorkin, he of West Wing fame, among a myriad of accomplishments, will have a new play on Broadway this fall. It's called The Farnsworth Invention and it's headed for the Music Box October 15, with an official opening set for November 14. The show had its premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in February.

The production will co-star Hank Azaria as David Sarnoff and Jimmi Simpson as Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of television. Simpson played Farnsworth at La Jolla. Des McAnuff will handle the directing chores, as he did for the California debut.

According to the press release, " the play centers around the bitter conflict that pitted Philo T. Farnsworth, a boy genius who invented television as a high school student in 1927, against David Sarnoff, the head of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA). The legal battle between Farnsworth and RCA would later become known as one of the great, tragic examples of legal and industrial force combining to crush a rightful patent owner. In a race that would change humanity forever, two men battle one another for honor, glory and a place in the history books."

Azaria has recently been on Broadway in Spamalot, for which he earned a Tony nomination. He's won three Emmy Awards for his work on The Simpsons . He's appeared on film in Great Expectations, Along Came Polly, The Birdcage, Quiz Show and Celebrity, among others.

Simpson has spent four seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He's worked with McAnuff in a production of Tartuffe at the La Jolla Playhouse. He was also seen in the Broadway production of Tartuffe.

On Broadway, the show will be produced by Dodger Properties with Steven Spielberg, Dan Cap Productions, Fred Zollo, Latitude Link , and The Pelican Group.



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