Alec Baldwin has decided to trade TV for the stage when “30 Rock” wraps at NBC. It was announced Wednesday (June 27) that he has been cast in play, “Orphans,” by Lyle Kessler and directed by Daniel Sullivan.
This is not Baldwin’s first foray onto the Great White Way. He first appeared on Broadway back in 1992 as Stanley Kowalski in a production of “A Streetcar named Desire.” He has also appeared on Broadway in “Twentieth Century” and “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” and appeared in a Guild Hall production of “Equus” in 2010 in East Hampton, N.Y.
The upcoming seventh season of “30 Rock” will be the show’s last and it will most likely wrap shooting before Baldwin debuts in “Orphans” in the spring of 2013. “Orphans” is about two orphaned brothers who kidnap a wealthy older man (Baldwin), who then becomes a father figure to them. The two brothers have not yet been cast.
Other actors who have played Baldwin’s role on stage include “Frasier’s” John Mahoney and “Lois & Clark’s” Lane Smith and Albert Finney played the role in the 1987 movie version.