New Guest Storms the Stage of Play What I Wrote

By Robert Simonson
May 23, 2003

"Today" show weatherman and personality Al Roker was the recent mystery guest in the Broadway comedy The Play What I Wrote. He appeared May 22.

Roker follows such performers as Paul Rudd, Eric McCormack, Liam Neeson, Jeff Goldblum, Alan Alda, Jason Biggs, Glenn Close, Nathan Lane, Roger Moore and Zoe Caldwell.

The Play What I Wrote, a quirky London theatrical sensation, began its American premiere at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre March 7.

Kenneth Branagh directs the work of Hamish McColl, Sean Foley and Eddie Braben, featuring actors McColl and Foley and Toby Jones on stage. The 2002 Olivier Award-winning play "revolves around Hamish, who no longer wants to be part of his comedy double act with Sean," according to production notes. "Instead, he wants to see the play he has written, A Tight Squeeze for the Scarlet Pimple, properly mounted on the Broadway stage. But before this can happen, he needs a major star to play the supporting role to his lead role."

The original London mounting was an homage to the famed-in-Britain-but mostly-unknown-in-the-U.S. comedy team of Ernie Wise and Eric Morecambe.

The Lyceum is at 149 W. 45th Street. For ticket information, all (212) 239-6200.

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A national tour of The Play What I Wrote will embark on a national tour in fall 2004, the producers announced May 15.