By Penny Clift
Now I have mixed feelings about Mr. Olyphant’s latest project. I don’t want to lose him to Broadway. Few of us would have a chance to see him perform. But regardless, I guess the stage has called him.
Timothy will play Strings McCrane, a famous country and western singer. McCrane’s mother dies which causes him to question the meaning of his life. He moves back to his hometown in an effort to abandon his celebrity and career. Things do not go well.
Olyphant had read only a few pages of the script when he told his wife “I am going to want to do this.”
His wife’s reply, “Finish the play.”
Olyphant insisted, “I am telling you right now. I am going to want to do this.”
Olyphant meant what he said. He took the part.
” My wife and kids — I owe them a big thanks for letting me come do this,” he added. “It’s completely selfish, believe me, and I’m going to try to enjoy every second of it.”
Tim has even began taking guitar classes so he can sound authentic onstage. He had this to say about his musical ability. “Whenever I try to do something musical it’s more or less funny. I’m just going to assume the audience is forgiving.”
When asked why he decided to return to the stage he replied, “I personally came back to the theater for the obvious reason – the money.” he joked. “I think everyone can understand that. Everyone knows I’ve got to make a living.”
Olyphant’s co-stars include Adelaide Clemens, Jonathan Hogan, Jenn Lyon, Keith Nobbs and C.J. Wilson. Performances will begin February 24 at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater. The production is directed by Neil Pepe. It officially opens on March 14th and runs through April 3rd. Check Out These Great Timothy Olyphant Movies!
I can’t help but wonder will I be missing Olyphant singing? Will he take his shirt off yet again? After all he displayed full frontal nudity in his first play, “The Monogamist”. I am sure theater goers will be in for a treat no matter the details.
All you lucky people who will be able to attend keep us informed!