Nathan Lane Has "One of Those Days" Oct. 5, as Butley Begins Broadway Run

News   Nathan Lane Has "One of Those Days" Oct. 5, as Butley Begins Broadway Run
Nathan Lane will embody a horrendous 24 hours in the life of a luckless literary professor in Butley, a revival of the Simon Gray play, which begins previews at the Booth Theatre on Oct. 5. Nicholas Martin directs.
Nathan Lane stars as the titular character in Butley
Nathan Lane stars as the titular character in Butley Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Dana Ivey, Pamela Gray, James McMenamin and Julian Ovenden are also in the cast of the show, which will have its opening night on Oct. 25. It is produced by Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Stephanie P. McClelland, Eric Falkenstein, Debra Black, Chase Mishkin, Barbara Manocherian/Larry Hirschhorn, Barbara Freitag and Sine/ZPI.

Lane plays Ben Butley, a literary professor who smokes and drinks his way through a day in which he loses both his wife and his lover.

The limited run is due to conclude on Jan. 14, 2007.

Nathan Lane starred in a critically acclaimed production of Butley at The Huntington in 2003, also directed by Nicholas Martin. The Huntington staging began Oct. 24, 2003, for a run through Nov. 30.

Ivey is the Broadway and Off-Broadway veteran who starred last season at Irish Rep in Mrs. Warren's Profession. She received a Tony nomination for her recent Broadway turn in The Rivals. One of her first major New York roles was in Gray's Quartermaine's Terms.

Ovenden is the English actor who played the Baron in the Donmar Warehouse production of Grand Hotel and Franklin Shepard in Merrily We Roll Along, also at the Donmar. On television he has appeared in "Foyle's War" and "The Forsythe Saga" and the series "Related."

McMenamin appeared in BFE at Playwrights Horizons. Gray was seen on Broadway in Night Must Fall.

The dark comedy premiered at the Morosco Theatre on Broadway Oct. 31, 1972. British thespian Alan Bates, who originated the title role in the Harold Pinter-directed London production, reprised his portrayal to Tony-Award winning success.

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