Group Tickets Now on Sale for Lane-Broderick Odd Couple

News   Group Tickets Now on Sale for Lane-Broderick Odd Couple Group tickets are now on sale for the highly anticipated Broadway revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, starring the golden duo of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick as Oscar and Felix, respectively.

Group tickets must be purchased through a group sales agent, one of which is Showtix, reached at (212) 302-7000.

Reheasals are to begin on Sept. 6. Previews begin Oct. 2 and opening is Oct. 27 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. According to the Showtix website, the two actors are contracted through April 2, 2006. Emanuel Azenberg, Ira Pittelman, Jeffrey Sine, Max Cooper and Ben Sprecher are producing.

Joe Mantello will direct the staging, which would reunite the stars of The Producers.

Broderick performed Off-Broadway in The Foreigner last fall. Lane, meanwhile, recently reprised his role of Max Bialystock in the London premiere of The Producers.

Lane and Broderick will play Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in Simon's classic. Lane would be the sloppy sportswriter Madison, while Broderick would be the uptight photographer Felix Unger. Some rumors have it that the two actors will switch parts from time to time. However, Mantello said in a recent Time Out New York interview that he and the performers had no intention of pursuing such a gambit. In addition to his Tony-winning roles in The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Nathan Lane has starred on The Great White Way in Present Laughter, Merlin, The Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Matthew Broderick received Tony Awards for his performances in Brighton Beach Memoirs and the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He was also Tony-nominated for his work in The Producers, and his other theatre credits include Biloxi Blues, Night Must Fall, Taller Than a Dwarf, On Valentine's Day, Torch Song Trilogy and The Widow Claire.

The original Broadway production of The Odd Couple opened at Broadway's Plymouth Theatre in March 1965. Art Carney and Walter Matthau starred as, respectively, Felix and Oscar. The production won four 1965 Tonys, including awards for Matthau (Actor), Simon (Author), Mike Nichols (Director) and Oliver Smith (Scenic Designer). Matthau then repeated his role on film opposite the Felix of Jack Lemmon. The long-running TV version of Simon's work featured Jack Klugman (Oscar) and Tony Randall (Felix).

Brad Garrett, of "Everybody Loves Raymond" fame, will play Murray the Cop, it was recently revealed. Garrett told of his casting in a May 11 interview with the Chicago paper. "I am so excited about this," he said. "They're even talking of having me understudy Nathan. Hmmm. Now I just have to figure out how to poison him."

For nine seasons, Garrett play Robert, the policeman brother of Ray Romano of the popular sitcom.