Peter Frechette will fill the role of Roy—the final role to be cast in the Joe Mantello-directed production. He joins fellow poker players Lee Wilkof (Vinnie) and Rob Bartlett (Speed), and Pigeon Sisters Jessica Stone (Cecily) and Olivia d'Abo (Gwendolyn). In other news, the casting of Brad Garrett, of "Everybody Loves Raymond" fame, long expected to play Murray the Cop, has been officially confirmed.
Tickets for the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, which will star the golden duo of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, will go on sale to the general public on July 5. Group tickets are already on sale, and American Express card holders began purchasing on June 6 at 10 AM. So far, millions of dollars of tickets have been doubt in a bonified box office bonanza.
Frechette's copious theatre credits include the original New York productions of Raised in Captivity, The Dazzle, Night and Her Stars, Hurrah at Last, Our Country's Good, Eastern Standard and major revivals of What the Butler Saw, The Play's the Thing and Loot.
Wilkof was on Broadway this past season in Democracy and, prior to that, Tony-nominated for Kiss Me, Kate. Bartlett was last seen on Broadway in Little Shop of Horrors (Wilkof acted in the musical's original Off-Broadway incarnation). His other credits include Tabletop.
Stone appeared on Broadway as one of the murderous wives in The Smell of the Kill and as a party guest in Design for Living at the Roundabout. The London-born Olivia d'Abo has appeared in dozens of films, including "It Had to Be You," "The Velocity of Gary," "Kicking and Screaming" and "Greedy." However, she is probably better known for playing Karen Arnold for four years in the television series "The Wonder Years." Her father is Mike d'Abo, who played King Herod in the original London staging of Jesus Christ Superstar.
The play will begin previews on Oct. 4 at the Brooks Atkinson. Rehearsals are to begin on Sept. 6. Emanuel Azenberg, Ira Pittelman, Jeffrey Sine, Max Cooper and Ben Sprecher are producing.
Lane and Broderick will play Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in Simon's classic The Odd Couple. Lane would be the sloppy sportswriter Madison, while Broderick would be the uptight photographer Felix Unger.
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).