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Cynthia Nixon returning to Broadway in Margaret Edson's 'Wit'

July 20, 2011 | 10:22 am

Nixon For her latest stage role, Cynthia Nixon will either have to shave her head or find a convincing bald cap.

Nixon will return to Broadway in January in a new production of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Wit." The actress will play Vivian Bearing, an intimidating English professor who specializes in the poems of John Donne. The play chronicles Vivian's battle with stage-four ovarian cancer -- "there is no stage five" -- which includes grueling rounds of chemotherapy.

"Wit" is scheduled to open Jan. 26 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play will be produced by Manhattan Theatre Club, which also presented the drama off-Broadway in 1998, starring Kathleen Chalfant. "Wit" had its world premiere in 1995 at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa.

Nixon was last seen on Broadway in David Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole," for which she won a Tony Award. The actress has spoken publicly about her own battle with breast cancer in 2006.

The new production of "Wit" will qualify as a Broadway premiere because the play has only been seen off-Broadway and regionally. In 2001, the play was turned into an HBO movie starring Emma Thompson and directed by Mike Nichols.

Perhaps coincidentally, Nixon will be on Broadway at the same time as her former "Sex and the City" costar, Kim Cattrall, who will star in a revival of "Private Lives."

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-- David Ng

Photo: Cynthia Nixon. Credit: Hans Pennink / Associated Press

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