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."