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Baldwin, MacLachlan ride Roundabout to B'way

NEW YORK — The Roundabout Theater Co. has added some luster to its upcoming season with the addition of Alec Baldwin and Kyle MacLachlan to its roster.

The theater company has rejiggered its 2003-04 sked, replacing an announced production of “The Cherry Orchard” with the vintage comedy “Twentieth Century.” Opening is set for January.

Baldwin is expected to star in the new production. He recently headlined a Roundabout-sponsored reading of the Ben Hecht/Charles MacArthur comedy as revised by playwright Ken Ludwig, author of “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Moon Over Buffalo.” The new version features 10 actors as opposed to the original’s 30, which is cost-prohibitive in today’s legit economy.

“Twentieth Century,” which preemed in 1932, has not been staged on Broadway since 1950, when Jose Ferrer and Gloria Swanson played that feuding train-bound theater duo, Oscar Jaffe and Lily Garland. John Barrymore and Carole Lombard essayed the helmer-thesp couple in the classic 1934 film by Howard Hawks.

A spokesman for the Roundabout confirmed the “Twentieth Century” production but declined comment on any casting.

In the Roundabout reading this summer, Baldwin played Jaffe to Jane Krakowski’s Lily Garland. She had replaced Debra Messing of “Will and Grace,” who had a scheduling conflict. Walter Bobbie directed, and is expected to repeat those duties for the full production.

Baldwin last appeared on Broadway opposite Jessica Lange in a 1992 production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Meanwhile, Kyle MacLachlan will make his Broadway debut this fall in the Roundabout’s revival of “The Caretaker.” He joins the previously announced Patrick Stewart and Irish actor Aidan Gillen in the Harold Pinter drama.

MacLachlan will play Mick to Gillen’s Aston, two brothers whose power games lead them to take in the tramp Davies, portrayed by Stewart. David Jones directs.

MacLachan recently co-starred with Woody Harrelson in John Crowley’s play “On an Average Day” at the Comedy Theater in London’s West End. Stateside, MacLachlan is best known for playing FBI Agent Dale Cooper in David Lynch’s series “Twin Peaks.” Watchers of “Sex and the City” also know him as Charlotte’s mother-obsessed ex-husband, Dr. Trey MacDougal.

A veteran of the Almeida and Hampstead theaters, Gillen came to national prominence in the U.K. with the original TV version of “Queer as Folk.”

The MacLachlan-Stewart-Gillen teaming marks the third time the Roundabout has brought “Caretaker” to one of its venues, having previously produced it in 1973 and ’81.

“The Caretaker” had its Broadway premiere in 1961 with Alan Bates, Donald Pleasence and Robert Shaw, who reprised their roles for the 1963 film. MacLachlan said he looked forward to seeing the film before his Broadway run. “I think it’s a good idea to borrow from the best,” thesp said. “I want to see what they did that worked and what didn’t work.”

The revival will begin previews Oct. 24, opening Nov. 9 at the American Airlines Theater. The design team includes John Lee Beatty (sets), Jane Greenwood (costumes) and Peter Kaczorowski (lights).

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