Tickets to Lane-Broderick Odd Couple on Sale to Public July 5; Lee Wilkof Added to Cast

News   Tickets to Lane-Broderick Odd Couple on Sale to Public July 5; Lee Wilkof Added to Cast 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.

From Left: Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane
From Left: Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Group tickets are already on sale, and American Express card holders can begin purchasing on June 6 at 10 AM.

In other news, Lee Wilkof and Rob Bartlett have been tapped to play poker-playing cronies Vinnie and Speed in the Joe Mantello-directed production, a spokesperson confirmed. 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.

As previously reported, Jessica Stone will play Cecily Pigeon in the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, and Olivia d'Abo will play Gwendolyn Pigeon, the part played by Carole Shelley in the 1965 Broadway original. The sisters are teasingly named after the two young ingenues in The Importance of Being Earnest.

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. Brad Garrett, of "Everybody Loves Raymond" fame, will play Murray the Cop in the Broadway revival, the Chicago Sun-Times recently reported. That casting has not yet been officially confirmed.

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).

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