Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight! continues to enthrall audiences, with Holbrook performing 20-25 shows a year. By Holbrook's estimation, he has now performed the show well over 2,000 times. Just as Mark Twain brought his wit and humor to far-flung places a half-century before, Holbrook-as-Twain has also performed around the world, from Saudi Arabia and Warsaw, to Edinburgh and New Delhi. Holbrook is an authority on the writer about whom Hemingway said, "American literature began."
Since the show's debut in 1959, Emmy and Tony Award-winner and Oscar nominee Hal Holbrook's landmark one-man performance as the American author and humorist has become one of the most successful productions in the history of American theater a funny, fascinating portrayal in which one great American artist embodies the very essence of another. "Holbrook's characterization of the great novelist and raconteur is, to this day, a work in progress," says THE WASHINGTON POST. "His transformation is so complete as to be almost unsettling at times...a mesmerizing thing to behold."