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Legendary King Joins Off-Broadway

January 4, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) _ ``Gentleman, include me out″ _ off-Broadway.

Comedian Alan King will portray Samuel Goldwyn, the legendary Hollywood producer known for mangling the English language, in ``Mr. Goldwyn,″ a new play opening March 13 at off-Broadway’s Promenade Theatre. Preview performances start Feb. 26.

The play by Marsha Lebby and John Lollos is set in 1952 when Goldwyn’s studio is threatened by the rise of television, and the producer needs a big hit to pull through.

The 74-year-old King, best known as a standup comic, has written several books including his autobiography, ``Name-Dropping _ The Life and Lies of Alan King,″ and starred in and produced the Broadway hit ``The Impossible Years″ in the 1960s.

``Mr. Goldwyn″ will be directed by Gene Saks, who directed several Neil Simon successes including ``Brighton Beach Memoirs,″ ``Biloxi Blues″ and ``Broadway Bound,″ as well as the musicals ``Mame,″ ``Half a Sixpence″ and ``I Love My Wife.″

Goldwyn, who died in 1974, produced such celluloid classics as ``Stella Dallas,″ ``Hurricane,″ ``Wuthering Heights,″ ``The Pride of the Yankees,″ ``The Best Years of Our Lives″ and ``The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.″

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