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Marshall Artists Series presenting 'Ed Asner as FDR' tonight

Jan. 30, 2013 @ 10:48 AM

If you think these are contentious times politically and tough times economically, then you were not alive during the administration of FDR.

America’s only president to be elected to more than two terms, Franklin Delano Roosevelt guided America from 1933 to 1945 through the depths of the Great Depression and through the truly epic and devastating second World War.

Interestingly, his expansive legacy only continues to grow. Former Marshall University professor and one of America’s most respected biographers Jean Edward Smith inked the biography “FDR” in 2008.

This past fall, Hollywood released the FDR bio-pic, “Hyde Park on the Hudson,” starring Bill Murray. Now touring in his fourth season in the one-man play, “FDR,” award-winning TV and film legend Ed Asner comes to Huntington to breathe life back into the former president.

At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, the Marshall Artists Series and Guyan International present “Ed Asner starring as FDR” at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.

Asner, recipient of seven Emmy Awards (“Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Lou Grant”) and 16 nominations, five Golden Globe Awards, and member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame, stars in the 90-minute solo drama, “FDR,” based upon Dore Schary’s Broadway hit “Sunrise at Campobello,” which ran 70 weeks on Broadway in 1958.

Tickets are $45. Tickets can be picked up at the Marshall Artists Series box office in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, by phone at 304-696-6656 or on ticketmaster.com.

Ed Asner as FDR is sponsored by Guyan International, Reger Funeral Home, BB & T, Three Gables Surgery Center, KEE 100, WVHU, WSAZ, The Herald-Dispatch, Marshall University, The College of Fine Arts and the Marshall Artists Series.

Here’s a look at the other incoming Marshall Artists Series shows:

SMOKEY ROBINSON: At the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16. Tickets are $75 and $58.

SPRING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Feb. 22-28. The Spring International Film Festival will take place at the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center. Featured films include “The Skin I Live In” (Spain), “Where Do We Go Now?” (Lebanon), “Adrift” (Brazil), “I Wish” (Japan), “Monsieur Lazhar” (France), and “The Deep Blue Sea” (UK). Tickets are $7.50 per film.

“HAIR:” At the Keith-Albee Performing Artists Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7. Tickets are $58, $50 and $45.

“THE ADDAMS FAMILY:” At the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Tickets are $58, $50 and $45.