Forget reading the front page: You’re going to want to watch The Front Page the second you hear who’s starring in the upcoming Broadway revival.
Mad Men costars John Slattery and Robert Morse (Sterling and Cooper!) will be taking on a whole new era for the new production of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1928 Chicago newspaper comedy. They’ll be joined by a whole bunch of other people you’ve definitely heard of, including John Goodman, Nathan Lane, Holland Taylor, and Dylan Baker.
Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Christopher McDonald, David Pittu, Joey Slotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock, and Clarke Thorell round out the rest of this impressive lineup. Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien directs.
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The story takes place in the press room at Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building when news breaks of an escaped prisoner. One reporter, Hildy Johnson (Slattery), finds the convict, who insists on his innocence, so Johnson and his editor (Lane) decide to keep that information to themselves while they investigate the crime further.
His Girl Friday, the classic 1940 film starring Cary Grant, was an adaptation of The Front Page. Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau also starred in a 1974 film adaptation directed by Billy Wilder.
Previews for The Front Page begin on Sept. 20, 2016, at the Broadhurst Theatre. The show’s official opening is slated for Oct. 20.