John Slattery, who played the debonair partner Roger on the AMC series Mad Men, is coming to Broadway as crack reporter Hildy Johnson in a revival of the classic newspaperman drama The Front Page. He will appear opposite Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane, who will play his tough-as-nails editor Walter Burns in the production to be directed by Jack O'Brien, as previously reported on Playbill.com.
The cast also will feature an all-star supporting cast of award-winning actors including John Goodman as Sheriff Hartman, Jefferson Mays as Bensinger, Rosemary Harris as Mrs. Grant, and Sherie Rene Scott as Mollie Malloy, with additional casting to be announced.
The production will begin previews September 20, 2016, open October 20, and play a limited engagement through February 5, 2017 at a theatre to be announced.
Slattery previously played a journalist in his year's Oscar-winning film drama, Spotlight. The Front Page will mark Slattery's fourth Broadway appearance. He starred in the 2000 revival of Betrayal.
Though no official announcement of the revival has been made, the revival of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's 1928 play was listed in an Actors Equity casting notice, earlier this month. According to the notice, the play, which is set in a bustling Chicago press room, is scheduled to begin rehearsals in August prior to a first performance on or about September 20. Opening is scheduled for on or about October 20 with performances scheduled through the beginning of February 2017.
Scott Rudin Productions is producing. Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.
“In The Front Page,” according to earlier press notes, ”the court press room is full of poker-playing reporters, all waiting to cover the execution of radical leftist Earl Williams. Top reporter Hildy Johnson is engaged and planning to leave the life of chasing headlines and move to New York. When Williams escapes from the inept Sheriff, Hildy's scheming editor—Walter Burns—tempts Johnson to stay and write the story.“
A June 2011 reading of Front Page was helmed by Daniel Sullivan and featured Nathan Lane as editor Walter Burns; Billy Crudup as reporter Hildy Johnson; John Larroquette as the mayor; and Dan Lauria as the sheriff.