Alec Baldwin plans his return to acting — on Broadway

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Alec Baldwin plans to return to Broadway this season.

A source told The Post exclusively that the actor, who has not performed since last year’s tragic “Rest” recording, will star in a revival of Yasmina Reza’s play “Art”.

The 64-year-old will be joined by heavy hitters Tony Shalhoub (“The Band’s Visit”) and John Leguizamo (“Latin History for Morons”), while Tony winner Matthew Warchus (“Matilda”) performed the critically acclaimed comedy on the Great White Way in 1998, signed on as a director.

“Art” is likely to open in a Shubert theater in the spring. (The production has been promised a house by the Shubert Organization.)

The Post has reached out to representatives for Baldwin, Shalhoub, Leguizamo and Warchus for comment.

The show marks Baldwin’s first job since the fatal 2021 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins while filming the indie film “Rest” in New Mexico, which took place while Baldwin was holding an on-set pistol loaded with live ammunition that went off.

New Mexico’s Office of the Medical Investigator concluded this month that the shooting was an accident, and Baldwin claimed he didn’t pull the trigger. However, a conflicting FBI report said the trigger must have been pulled. Prosecutors have not determined whether to file a complaint.

In a highly unusual move for Broadway, “Art” has already secured its location, stars and director, even though it has no real producer. The production, a source said, has been curated by Creative Artists Agency, which is currently fulfilling the production duties. CAA would “audition” with New York producers.

The Post has contacted CAA for comment.

John Leguizamo has spoken out about the lack of Latino representation in the entertainment industry.
Broadway veteran John Leguizamo will join Baldwin in the Broadway play.
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Tony Shalhoub, star of "The wonderful Mrs. Maisel," won a Tony Award for "The band's visit."
Tony Shalhoub, star of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’, won a Tony Award for ‘The Band’s Visit’.
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Set in Paris and written in her native French, Reza’s play is a satire on the art world launched by a rich man who buys an expensive white painting. The show, starring Alfred Molina, Victor Garber and Alan Alda in New York, won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1998.

The last major play in which Baldwin appeared on Broadway was “Orphans” in 2013. He was nominated for a 1992 Tony Award for playing Stanley in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” opposite Jessica Lange, John Goodman and Diane Lane.

Baldwin has had a hard time returning to work since the shooting, he told CNN.

“I was fired from another job yesterday,” he said. “There I was all set to go to a movie, jump on a plane… I’ve been talking to these guys for months and they told me yesterday that’s why we don’t want to make the movie with you.”

He also said he was traumatized by Hutchins’ death, which happened last October.

‘That she died is the worst of all. Someone died, and it was avoidable. It was so unnecessary,” he added. “I think about that every day of my life.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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