Bacon takes ‘Almost Holy’ lead role

Roundabout to present McDonald's new play

Kevin Bacon has signed to star on Broadway this season in “An Almost Holy Picture.”

The Roundabout Theater Company is presenting Heather McDonald’s new play at its American Airlines Theater, with performances to begin in February. “An Almost Holy Picture” will replace the musical “Assassins” on the Roundabout’s subscription series. The Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman tuner had been scheduled to open in November at the Music Box Theater but was postponed indefinitely after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

Sources close to that production say the “Assassins” creative team continues to meet and the show will open on Broadway either in spring or during the 2002-03 season.

Hearing God’s call

“An Almost Holy Picture” marks the first new play Roundabout has staged at the American Airlines Theater. In the play, Bacon plays a groundskeeper at the Church of the Holy Comforter who hears God’s call.

Although the actor is best known for his film roles, Bacon’s career began in the theater when he was an apprentice at Circle in the Square. Later, he made his Off Broadway debut in “Getting Out” and won an Obie for his performance in “Forty Deuce.”

The McDonald play was originally scheduled to open next summer at the Roundabout’s Off Broadway space, the Gramercy Theater. No casting had been announced.

Michael Mayer directs the Broadway production.

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