Odd Couple Is Sold Out; Garrett May Be Post-Lane Oscar

News   Odd Couple Is Sold Out; Garrett May Be Post-Lane Oscar
The hot new revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, is all but sold out, the New York Post reported.

"I don't think we can take out any ads," producer Emanuel Azenberg told the Post, "because it would be misleading. We don't have any tickets."

The show has a $21.5 million advance according to the daily. As previously reported, tickets flew out the door when seats were first offered to American Express users on June 6. The show had $16.5 million in the bank within two weeks of that date.

The Odd Couple is produced by Ira Pittelman, Jeffrey Sine, Ben Sprecher, Max Cooper, Scott E. Nederlander and Emanuel Azenberg.

Lane and Broderick will play Oscar Madison and Felix Unger in Simon's classic The Odd Couple. Lane will be the sloppy sportswriter Madison, while Broderick will be the uptight photographer Felix Unger.

The highly anticipated production will have a set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Ann Roth and lighting design by Kenneth Posner. The suppoting cast of The Odd Couple will feature Peter Frechette (Roy) Brad Garrett (Murray), Lee Wilkof (Vinnie) and Rob Bartlett (Speed), and Pigeon Sisters Jessica Stone (Cecily) and Olivia d'Abo (Gwendolyn). Joe Mantello directs.

The Post also reported that Garrett, on "Everybody Loves Raymond" fame, is understudy to Lane, and may succeed Lane if the actor departs the shows when his contract is up in April.

Performances begin Oct. 4. The official opening night is Oct. 27.

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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