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John Lithgow returns to Broadway as columnist

John Lithgow is shown in a scene from the show, 'Dexter.' (Showtime Networks / John Goldwyn Productions / The Colleton Company / Clyde Phillips Productions)

July 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
John Lithgow is returning to the Broadway stage as a newspaper columnist this spring.

The Tony Award-winning actor of the TV show "3rd Rock From the Sun" will star as Joseph Alsop in the Manhattan Theatre Club world premiere of David Auburn's "The Columnist."

Lithgow recently won an Emmy on "Dexter," and also nabbed a Tony for playing another columnist based on Walter Winchell in the 2002 musical "The Sweet Smell of Success."

The actor also earned a Tony in 1973 for his Broadway debut in "The Changing Room."

"The Columnist" will begin previews April 3 and open April 25 at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on 47th Street. It will be directed by Daniel Sullivan, who also helmed Auburn's play "Proof."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.