The third act of the October 30 matinee of the critically acclaimed revival of The Front Page was halted at the Broadhurst Theatre.
During a scene featuring Nathan Lane, John Slattery, and Danny Mastrogiorgio, a voice was heard over the loudspeaker announcing that the show would be stopped temporarily because an audience member needed medical attention. The curtain then came down on the visibly surprised cast.
It took approximately 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive; it was then announced that the show would resume shortly. When the curtain rose, Tony winner Lane, who had been on the telephone, remarked, “Duffy, I feel like I've been waiting for you for an hour.” The audience erupted into laughter.
A production spokesperson confirmed that the ill audience member was taken safely to the hospital but had no additional information regarding his condition.
It's been an eventful weekend at the Broadhurst; part of a stage prop went flying into the audience at the October 29 evening performance.
Jack O’Brien directs the revival, which is playing a limited engagement through January 29, 2017.
“The press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner,” according to press notes. “When star reporter Hildy Johnson (Slattery) accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns (Lane) conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.”
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