Lane steps into ‘Dreams’

Thesp cast in Off B'way 'Stuff'

NEW YORK — Nathan Lane has been cast in Primary Stages’ Off Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s new play, “Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams,” at 59E59 Theaters. Lane replaces Peter Frechette, who had to withdraw because of a scheduling conflict.

McNally had Lane in mind for the role when he wrote the play, which was initially pegged to open Manhattan Theater Club’s refurbished Biltmore Theater in 2003 before MTC replaced it with Richard Greenberg’s “The Violet Hour.”

“Dedication” will co-star Marian Seldes, Michael Countryman, Patricia Kalember, Darren Pettie, R.E. Rodgers and Miriam Shor.

This summer is a busy one for Lane, who just finished filming the film version of “The Producers.” Previews for “Dedication” will begin July 26 for an Aug. 18 opening.

Though “Dedication” will close Sept. 18, Lane is skedded to stay in the play only through Sept. 4, in time for the Sept. 6 rehearsal start date of Broadway revival “The Odd Couple,” which begins previews Oct. 4 and also stars Matthew Broderick and, coincidentally, Frechette.

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