Clayton Center presents Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight

March 8, 2014
Event By: Clayton Center for the Arts Address: 502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway Maryville, TN 37804 Email: info@claytonartscenter.com Phone: (865) 981-9590

In 1959, after five years of researching Mark Twain and honing his material in front of countless audiences in small towns all over America, he opened at a tiny theatre off-Broadway in New York. His overnight success was as stunning to Holbrook as everyone else. “The critics went wild.” (Associated Press). “Mr. Holbrook’s material is uproarious, his ability to hold an audience by acting is brilliant.” (New York Times). “Uncanny. A dazzling display of virtuosity.” (The New Yorker). “One of the treasures of the American Theatre.” (Life Magazine). Mr. Holbrook has done some 50 television movies and mini-series, been nominated for 12 Emmys and won 5 for The Senator (1971), Pueblo (1974), Best Actor Of The Year (1974), Sandburg’s Lincoln (1976), and as host and narrator of Portrait Of America (1989). He has appeared in two sitcoms: Designing Women and Evening Shade, and has made guest appearances on West Wing, the sitcoms Becker and Hope & Faith, The Sopranos, NCIS, ER, Sons of Anarchy, The Event, the newly released Monday Mornings and soon-to-be released Rectify. Holbrook’s movie career began with The Group in 1966 when he was 41 years old. Since then, moviegoers have seen him in more than 40 films Throughout his long career, Holbrook has continued to perform Mark Twain every year, including his third and fourth New York engagements in 1977 and 2005; and a world tour in 1985, the 150th anniversary of Mark Twain’s birth, beginning in London and ending in New Delhi. He has toured the show in some part of every year since 1954 – giving his 2256th performance in December 2012 – making 2013 the 59th consecutive year for this remarkable one man show. Mark Twain Tonight! has become perhaps the longest running show in theatre history. Holbrook adds to his Twain material every year, editing and changing it to fit the times and has mined over sixteen hours of Twain with more coming all the time. He has no set program – he chooses material as he goes along. “Mr. Holbrook’s material is uproarious, his ability to hold an audience by acting is brilliant.” — New York Times “It's brilliant! Everything about the show is perfect.” —New York Post “Uncanny. A dazzling display of virtuosity.” — The New Yorker ”One of the treasures of the American Theatre.” — Life Magazine “Uproariously funny!” —Time Magazine Tickets on Sale January 27, 2014

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