Nathan Lane, John Slattery to Lead 'The Front Page' on Broadway
Scott Rudin will produce the revival of the classic newspaper comedy by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, with Jack O'Brien directing a cast that also includes John Goodman.
Nathan Lane will play tabloid editor Walter Burns, with John Slattery as his star reporter Hildy Johnson in a Broadway revival of the classic newspaper comedy The Front Page, slated for the fall.
Scott Rudin will produce the 1928 play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, which was inspired by their years as Chicago journalists. It takes place entirely in the press room of Chicago's Criminal Courts Building, where hacks from various city papers play poker and swap wisecracks while waiting to cover a big case that takes an unexpected turn.
Directing the revival is Jack O'Brien, giving him two major productions in the pipeline for the 2016-17 season. The three-time Tony winner earlier committed to direct the new musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, due in spring 2017.
The Front Page is expected to have a starry cast of more than 20, including John Goodman and theater veterans Rosemary Harris, Jefferson Mays and Sherie Rene Scott, with more names to come.
The production will begin performances Sept. 20, with an official opening planned for Oct. 20 at a theater to be announced. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through Feb. 5, 2017.
The play ran for 276 performances in its Broadway premiere directed by George S. Kaufman and has been revived three times since, most recently with John Lithgow and Richard Thomas in 1986.
Its multiple film adaptations have included the 1931 version starring Adolphe Menjou and Pat O'Brien; Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday in 1940, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell; a 1974 Billy Wilder remake with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau; and Switching Channels, a 1988 update that overhauled the setting to television, with Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner.
Slattery, who appeared in this year's Oscar-winning newspaper drama Spotlight, mentioned in interviews after the end of Mad Men that he was looking for a play to bring him back to the stage. His last Broadway role was in Rabbit Hole in 2006.
Lane's most recent Broadway appearance was in the 2014 smash comedy It's Only a Play, while Goodman starred alongside Lane in Waiting for Godot in 2009.