John Lithgow to return to Broadway as a columnist

By the Associated Press | July 26, 2011 | 1:14 PM EDT

FILE - In this June 16, 2011 file photo, John Lithgow arrives at the premiere of the film "Bernie" on the opening night of the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival in Los Angeles. Lithgow will return to Broadway in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of "The Columnist." The limited engagement production will begin previews on April 3, 2012 and open on April 25, at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, file)

NEW YORK (AP) — John Lithgow is coming back to Broadway in a familiar role — a newspaper columnist.

The Tony Award-winning star 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" this spring.

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