Nathan and Matthew Are Oscar and Felix as Odd Couple Takes Up Residence on Broadway

News   Nathan and Matthew Are Oscar and Felix as Odd Couple Takes Up Residence on Broadway The most famous acting team currently working Broadway play one of the most famous duos in the history of theatrical literature beginning Oct. 4, when a new revival of The Odd Couple begins at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

From Left: Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick as The Odd Couple.
From Left: Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick as The Odd Couple. Photo by Chris Callas

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick—the original Max and Leo of The Producers—will play Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in Neil Simon's classic comedy about the uneasy cohabitation of a sloppy sportswriter and an uptight writer for CBS news. The 1965 play's 1960s time period has been retained.

The official opening night is Oct. 27.

The highly anticipated production will have a set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Ann Roth and lighting design by Kenneth Posner.

The suppoting cast of The Odd Couple will feature Peter Frechette (Roy) Brad Garrett (Murray), Lee Wilkof (Vinnie) and Rob Bartlett (Speed), and Pigeon Sisters Jessica Stone (Cecily) and Olivia d'Abo (Gwendolyn). Joe Mantello directs.

The hot new show is all but sold out, the New York Post reported. "I don't think we can take out any ads," producer Emanuel Azenberg told the New York Post, "because it would be misleading. We don't have any tickets." The show has a $21.5 million advance according to the daily. As previously reported, tickets flew out the door when seats were first offered to American Express users on June 6. The show had $16.5 million in the bank within two weeks of that date.

The Odd Couple is produced by Ira Pittelman, Jeffrey Sine, Ben Sprecher, Max Cooper, Scott E. Nederlander and Emanuel Azenberg.

The Post also reported that Garrett, on "Everybody Loves Raymond" fame, is understudy to Lane, and may succeed Lane if the actor departs the shows when his contract is up in April.

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).