With The Producers and The Odd Couple Behind Them, Lane and Broderick Try Broadway Apart
By Ernio Hernandez
Though their recent sold-out stint in the revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple just ended its Broadway run, stage's dynamic duo Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will return to The Great White Way, this time separately.
Following the sell-out success of their 2001 starring turns in The Producers and a return to the show in 2004, the duo reteamed in a Broadway revival of Neil Simon's 1965 comedy in Oct. 2005. The run, which was all but sold out by its Oct. 28 opening, ended — after extending — June 4.
Lane's next Broadway turn has already been announced: the title role in Simon Gray's Butley. Reprising a turn in the work in 2003 at Boston's Huntington Theatre, Lane will reteam with that production's director Nicholas Martin for a run at the Booth Theatre starting on Oct. 5. Lane played a literary professor who loses his wife and lover on the same day.
Broderick — who can be seen in the upcoming "Strangers With Candy" film and Kenneth Lonergan's latest movie "Margaret" — is also expected to trod the Broadway boards again in the coming season. The latter film project shares its author with the actor's next big stage turn, Lonergan's The Starry Messenger. The world premiere work (slated for a Jan. 13-Feb. 18, 2007 run at San Diego's Old Globe) is billed as "pre-Broadway." Broderick will play an astronomy teacher who juggles his job, homelife and other ambitions.
A Tony winner for The Producers and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Lane has also appeared on Broadway in Present Laughter, Merlin, The Wind in the Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys and Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion! and The Man Who Came to Dinner. On the big screen, the actor has been featured in "The Birdcage," "Addams Family Values," "Mousehunt," "Love's Labour's Lost" and the film adaptation of "Nicholas Nickleby."
Broderick won Tony Awards for his turns in Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Other credits include Biloxi Blues, Night Must Fall, Taller Than a Dwarf, On Valentine's Day, Torch Song Trilogy and The Widow Claire. His various film credits include "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Glory," "The Cable Guy," "Addicted to Love," "Election," "Inspector Gadget," "You Can Count on Me" "The Stepford Wives," "Marie and Bruce" and "The Producers" movie.
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