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Broadway Cast Members Return To ‘The Normal Heart’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Broadway cast members from Larry Kramer’s play “The Normal Heart” are returning to the production as it opens a national tour this summer in Washington.

Arena Stage announced Wednesday that Luke MacFarlane of TV’s “Brothers & Sisters” and Patrick Breen from “The Good Wife” will return to the show after it closed last year on Broadway. They are joined by Christopher Hanke, whose credits include “Big Love” and “Brothers & Sisters.”

The Tony Award-winning play runs June 8 to July 29 at Arena Stage. It’s set at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic when a group of gay men turned into activists grappling with the disease and public denial.

The Washington production coincides with the international AIDS 2012 conference, returning to the U.S. for the first time in 22 years.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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