Former 'SNL' comic to play slave Xanthias
Chris Kattan will join Nathan Lane in the underworld this summer.
The former “Saturday Night Live” actor makes his Broadway debut in “The Frogs” at Lincoln Center. He has been cast as Xanthias, the slave who accompanies Lane’s Dionysos to the underworld in search of a brilliant writer capable of addressing the problems of society.
Preemed in 405 B.C., Aristophanes’ comedy received an American redo in 1974 courtesy of Burt Shevelove and Stephen Sondheim. Lane and Sondheim have adapted that version, first presented in the Yale U. swimming pool and featuring such future notables as Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver and Christopher Durang.
The new “Frogs” has been expanded to two acts. Under the direction of Susan Stroman, it opens in July at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Kattan performed on “SNL” from 1996-2003. Film credits include “Undercover Brother,” “Corky Romano,” “Monkeybone” and “A Night at the Roxbury.”
Kattan also is co-writing the Fox Searchlight feature “El Romantico,” in which he will star.