Montauk homeowner Cynthia Nixon has been cast in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway revival of Lilian Hellman’s Little Foxes, set to debut in 2017. In an interesting move, Nixon will alternate between two of the play’s major roles with Laura Linney.
The iconic play, originally produced in 1939, tells the story of an Alabama family engaged in a power struggle over money and investment. Nixon and Linney will play Regina Giddens and Birdie Hubbard. Both Nixon and Linney are theater veterans, with Nixon having recently starred in a David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole (also with Manhattan Theatre Club) and Margaret Edson’s Wit. Rabbit Hole was directed by Daniel Sullivan, who will direct Little Foxes.
Audiences will mostly recognize Nixon as Miranda Hobbes on HBO’s Sex and the City (which is, of course, based on the book by fellow East Ender Candace Bushnell) from 1998–2004. Nixon won the 2004 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance, and went on to reprise Miranda in the two Sex and the City film adaptations. The actress made headlines in 2004 when she publicly came out as gay, and went on to become an activist for LGBTQIA issues. A breast cancer survivor, Nixon has also been an advocate for breast cancer awareness and research
The Little Foxes begins previews on March 29 and will open on April 19. For tickets and more information on the Manhattan Theatre Club, visit manhattantheatreclub.com.