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Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub to share role

Monday - 12/9/2013, 5:36am  ET

FILE - In a May 18, 2012 file photo, Santino Fontana attends the 78th Annual Drama League Awards in New York. Fontana and Tony Shalhoub will play legendary writer and director Moss Hart in a play adapted and directed by James Lapine from "Act One." Lincoln Center Theater said Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 that both actors will play Hart at different stages of his life in the play. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

MARK KENNEDY
AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Santino Fontana and Tony Shalhoub will be sharing a Broadway role this spring -- both will play legendary writer and director Moss Hart.

Lincoln Center Theater said Sunday that both actors will play Hart at different stages of his life in a play adapted and directed by James Lapine from "Act One," Hart's autobiography. Previews begin March 20 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

Both the book and play trace the rise of Hart who became a powerful theatrical figure, directing "My Fair Lady" and "Camelot" and collaborating with George S. Kaufman on "The Man Who Came To Dinner" and "You Can't Take It With You."

Fontana is currently playing the Prince on Broadway in "Rogers + Hammerstein's Cinderella," while "Monk" star Shalhoub was last year on Broadway in "Golden Boy."


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