Mark Twain Tonight! comes to Coronado

Award-winning actor Hal Holbrook breathes life into the legendary author Mark Twain in one of the most successful one-man shows in American theater history. Rockford audiences can see the historic performance when Mark Twain Tonight! comes to the Coronado Theatre for one performance on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced from $30 to $50, are on sale now at the MetroCentre box office, all CentreEvents locations, online at or by phone at 968-5222.

The idea for Mark Twain Tonight! originated out of a characterization that was part of Holbrook’s college honors project. His first solo performance as Mark Twain began in 1954 at a nightclub in Greenwich Village. He first gained national television exposure after being spotted at one of his performances by Ed Sullivan. This led to an off-Broadway run followed by an engagement at the Great White Way that earned Holbrook a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play in 1966.

During the course of his one-man show, Holbrook reads excerpts from some of Twain’s most famous works, and offers the author’s point of view on subjects ranging from prejudice, politics, religion, and human history. As Holbrook states, “what (Twain) had to say over 100 years ago is more powerful today.”

The Washington Post critic said, “Holbrook’s characterization of the great novelist and raconteur is, to this day, a work in progress. The transformation is so complete as to be almost unsettling at times. The combination of Holbrook’s physical and vocal talents and the potency of Twain’s words is a mesmerizing thing to behold.”

Special discounts for this performance are available for Broadway at the Coronado subscribers and groups of 20 or more by calling 968-5600.

Mark Twain Tonight! is presented by Jam Theatricals and Centre Events as part of the Savant Capital presents “Broadway at the Coronado” 2003-2004 series, and is sponsored locally by the Rockford Register Star, 13 WREX-TV, and B-103.

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