John Lithgow – Stories By Heart
Mr. Lithgow has been asked to return to the series finale of the hit CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother and that the taping of that show conflicts with our performance date. We have rescheduled the performance to Sunday, November 03, 2013 at 2pm. Ticket holders have been notified.
Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winner John Lithgow performs his critically acclaimed one-man theatrical memoir, Stories By Heart at the intimate North Shore Center. With triumphant premieres at New York’s Lincoln Center, London’s National Theatre and a six-week run at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Lithgow offers audiences a touching and humorous reflection on storytelling as the tie that binds humanity. Lithgow traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, interspersing his own story with two great stories that were read to him as a child: “Uncle Fred Flits By” by P.G. Wodehouse and “Haircut” by Ring Lardner. In the first story, a fretful young Englishman is taken on a wild afternoon’s escapade in suburban London by his irrepressible uncle. In a hilarious tour de force, Lithgow performs with zany abandon, portraying ten distinct, outrageous characters (including a parrot). By contrast, “Haircut” is a darkly comic look at Midwestern American implacability. It is a captivating yarn told by a gossipy barber in small-town Michigan as he gives a shave and a haircut to a stranger in town. Stories By Heart provides ample evidence of the power of storytelling, the magic of theatre, and the talents of one of our greatest living actors.
About John Lithgow
John Lithgow’s roots are in the theater. In 1973, he won a Tony Award three weeks after his Broadway debut, in David Storey’s “The Changing Room.” Since then, he has appeared on Broadway twenty more times, earning another Tony, four more Tony nominations, four Drama Desk Awards, and induction into the Theatre Hall of Fame.
In the early 1980’s Lithgow began to make a major mark in films. At that time, he was nominated for Oscars in back-to-back years, for “The World According to Garp” and “Terms of Endearment.” In the years before and after, he has appeared in over thirty films. Notable among them have been “All That Jazz,” “Blow Out,” “Twilight Zone: the Movie,” “Footloose,” “2010,” “Buckaroo Banzai,” “Harry and the Hendersons,” “Memphis Belle,” “Raising Cain,” “Ricochet,” “Cliffhanger,” “Orange County,” “Shrek,” “Kinsey,” and a flashy cameo in “Dreamgirls.” Lithgow was most recently seen on the big screen in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Fox’s prequel to “Planet of the Apes,” and up next is the political comedy “The Campaign” starring Will Ferrell, and Judd Apatow’s “This is 40” both films coming out this year.
For his work on television, Lithgow has been nominated for eleven Emmy Awards. He has won five of them, one for an episode of “Amazing Stories,” and three for what is perhaps his most celebrated creation. This was the loopy character of the alien High Commander, Dick Solomon, on the hit NBC comedy series “3rd Rock from the Sun.” In that show’s six-year run, Lithgow also won the Golden Globe, two SAG Awards, The American Comedy Award, and, when it finally went off the air, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. More recently, his diabolical turn as The Trinity Killer in a twelve-episode arc on Showtime’s “Dexter” won him his second Golden Globe and his fifth Emmy.
And then there is Lithgow’s work for children. Since 1998 he has written eight NY Times best-selling children’s picture books, including “The Remarkable Farkle McBride,” “Marsupial Sue,” “Micawber,” “I’m a Manatee,” “Mahalia Mouse Goes to College,” and “I Got Two Dogs.” In addition, he has created two “Lithgow Palooza” family activity books and “The Poets’ Corner” for Warner Books, a compilation of fifty classic poems aimed at young people, to stir an early interest in poetry. He has performed concerts for children with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Baltimore, and San Diego Symphonies, and at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has released three kids’ albums, “Singin’ in the Bathtub,” “Farkle & Friends,” and the Grammy-nominated “The Sunny Side of the Street.” These concerts and albums have included several his of own songs and rhyming narrations. Together, this prodigious work has won him two Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Awards, and four Grammy nominations.