Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hal Holbrook Celebrates 90th with Mark Twain Performance

Having first donned Samuel Clemens' infamous white suit in 1954, Hal Holbrook's humorous and affecting portrayal of Mark Twain has charmed audiences for six decades. The Tony and Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee returns to the city that Twain called home for 20 years to mark an unforgettable occasion -- Holbrook's 90th birthday with a special event to benefit the Mark Twain House and Museum.

The performance will be held 7:30 pm, Tuesday Feb. 17 at The Bushnell. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Oct. 31, with sale days for Mark Twain House members starting Tuesday, Oct. 28. 

To make this benefit event as affordable as possible to all Holbrook fans, there is an array of ticket price options. The VIP Package at $125 includes premium orchestra seating, and a private dessert reception after the show with Holbrook. Orchestra and box seats are $75, mezzanine seats are $40-$55, and balcony seats are $25-$40. Tickets: www.Bushnell.org; 860-987-5900.

Harold Rowe "Hal" Holbrook, Jr. (born Feb. 17, 1925) is an American film and stage actor. Holbrook initially gained notoriety for a one-man stage show he developed while in college in 1954, performing as Mark Twain, and made his film debut in Sidney Lumet's The Group. He later gained international notoriety for his performance as Deep Throat in the 1976 film "All the President's Men" followed by roles in "Julia," "The Fog" and "Creepshow." 

Holbrook's later career has included roles in "Into the Wild," for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award, as well as a recurring role on the television series "Designing Women" and "Sons of Anarchy", and as Francis Preston Blair in Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln."

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