Odd Couple Sells $7 Million in Tickets in First Day of Sales

By Robert Simonson
07 Jun 2005

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

How popular is the team of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick? This popular: in its first day of sales, the new revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple has sold roughly $7 million in tickets, a spokesperson confirmed.

At this astounding pace, it is thought that the production could potentially sell out its limited run before the first preview, set for Oct. 4. It is also conceivable that the Joe Mantello-directed revival could recoup well in advance of opening.

Currently, only groups and American Express card holders have access to tickets, which went on sale June 6 at 10 AM. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 5.

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 Ungar.



Also in the cast are Lee Wilkof, Rob Bartlett, Brad Garrett, Olivia d'Abo and Jessica Stone.

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).

Lane and Broderick first proved box-office catnip as the stars above the title in the Mel Brooks musical The Producers.