"Scheduling conflicts make it impossible to proceed in the allotted time slot," reads a press statement. "A replacement production will be announced shortly." Matthew Broderick had been scheduled to star in Lonergan's Messenger, which was to have been directed by the playwright. The world premiere had been announced to play City Center Stage I beginning Feb. 7, 2008, with an official opening Feb. 26.
In The Starry Messenger, according to MTC, "Mark (Broderick) works at the Hayden Planetarium, teaching Upper West Siders about the mysteries of the galaxy. But when this forty-something married man meets a pretty young single mother, his own solar system begins spinning out of control, forcing him to come to terms with the inertia that is his life. Is it too late to try and re-connect with his wife and son? And how did his middling career get so badly off track?"
Kenneth Lonergan, the playwright lauded for The Waverly Gallery, This Is Our Youth and Lobby Hero, is the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of "You Can Count on Me."
Manhattan Theatre Club is currently represented on Broadway with Mauritius (at the Biltmore) and Off-Broadway with Pumpgirl (City Center Stage II) and The Receptionist (City Center Stage I).
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