'Couple' complete with 'Raymond' star
Brad Garrett steps in to save the day this weekend at “The Odd Couple.”
He’ll play Oscar, the messy half of the couple, opposite Matthew Broderick today through Sunday in the smash revival of Neil Simon’s comedy.
Production recently cancelled three perfs — two on Jan. 18 and one on Jan. 19 — because star Nathan Lane had laryngitis and was unable to perform.
Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) appeared in the show in the fall as one of Oscar’s poker buddies, and also served as Lane’s understudy. He left when his three-month contract was up Jan. 1.
This week, with Garrett gone and replacement understudy Rob Bartlett (who also appears in the show) not yet prepped for the part, producers had been forced to scuttle shows.
Calls from producers Ira Pittelman and Emanuel Azenberg got Garrett, who lives in California, back to the boards.
Lane will rest up over the weekend and plans to return to the role Jan. 24.
News came just as the production announced its extension through June 4, two months beyond its original closing date of April 2. That’ll likely mean two more months of sold-out biz.