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5 minutes with a Tony nominee: ‘The Notebook’’s Dorian Harewood and Maryann Plunkett

Two veteran actors return to the realm of Broadway musicals after a decades-long hiatus.

(L-R) Maryann Plunkett as Older Allie and Dorian Harewood as Older Noah in Broadway’s “The Notebook,” 2024 (Credit: Julieta Cervantes)

It has been decades since actors Dorian Harewood and Maryann Plunkett have performed in a Broadway musical. But their chops are still in top form, as evidenced by Tony Award nominations for their turns as Older Noah and Older Allie in “The Notebook.”

Harewood last graced the Broadway stage in 1978’s “The Mighty Gents.” He made his Main Stem debut as a replacement in 1971’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona”; he also appeared in 1975’s “Don’t Call Back” and 1976’s “Streamers.” Now, 46 years since his last Broadway appearance, Harewood takes on what he called “one of the most, if not the most unique musicals I’ve ever been in.”

Plunkett made her debut as a replacement for the titular role in 1982’s “Agnes of God.” Just a year later, she replaced as Dot/Marie in “Sunday in the Park with George.” Plunkett originated the role of Sally Smith in 1986’s “Me and My Girl.” But since then, the actor has performed on the Main Stem exclusively in plays, such as “The Crucible,” “Saint Joan” and “A Man for All Seasons.” She’s been a staple of the Off-Broadway scene, often working with her husband, actor Jay O. Sanders.

But Harewood and Plunkett form a singular partnership in “The Notebook” as a couple which has survived struggle and continues to battle obstacles. Here, the pair weighs in on “The Notebook”’s distinct structure, their connections to the characters and more.

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