Wolf knocking at ‘Side Man’ door

'Party' thesp stepping into B'Way role as Slater departs

NEW YORK — Scott Wolf is getting ready to bare his soul in the jazz themed “Side Man” on Broadway. Thesp, who recently starred in pics “Go” and “Cross Country” made his name starring on Fox’s Gen-X melodrama “Party of Five” as Bailey Salinger. Wolf will join the legiter shortly after current lead Christian Slater departs, following the Tony Awards on June 6.

The Warren Leight work, currently up for a Tony as best play, (and nommed in the featured actor category for co-star Frank Wood’s perf) centers on the emotionally corrosive effect that a jazz sideman’s lifestyle has on his marriage and on his relationship with his son.

Wolf’s imminent inking will no doubt provide a desperately needed draw for the play. Despite positive reviews, “Side Man” has burned through much of its traditional Gotham playgoing audience, with runs both Off Broadway last season and at the Roundabout Theater Co. this season.

The past several weeks at John Golden have not been easy ones, with the legiter’s producers — The Weissberger Theater Group, Jay Harris, Peter Manning, the Roundabout, Ron Kastner, James Cushing and Joan Stein — covering more than $50,000 a week in losses just to make it to the Tony nominations last Monday.

“Side Man” last week grossed $66,000, well below it’s $120,000 breakeven point — but after the Tony noms this week, it saw a 70% increase in its wraps.

Wolf is repped by the William Morris Agency in Gotham and managed by Connie Freiberg.