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Lonergan play logs delay

NEW YORK — Kenneth Lonergan’s Broadway-bound new play “The Starry Messenger,” with Matthew Broderick attached to star, has been pulled from the season at San Diego’s Old Globe.

Lonergan’s continuing work on his latest film, “Margaret,” is the cause of the delay, according to the Old Globe.

After its January preem in San Diego, the show was slated to move to Broadway, aiming to hit Gotham sometime this season.

That schedule looks to be pushed back indefinitely, and for now, it’s too soon to say whether “Messenger” will be part of the Old Globe’s 2007-08 season or if the production will take a different route to New York.

Whenever it arrives on the Rialto, “Messenger” will mark a return to the Gotham stage for Lonergan, the playwright (“This Is Our Youth,” “Lobby Hero”) who scored an indie film hit as the writer-director of “You Can Count on Me” in 2000.

“Messenger” also will reunite Lonergan with Broderick, who appeared in “You Can Count on Me” and also has a role in “Margaret.” In “Messenger,” Broderick is pegged to play the central character, an astronomer trying to balance his home life and his ambitions.

Replacing “Messenger” in the Old Globe’s season is the tuner “Ace,” which follows three generations through two world wars. Stafford Arima directs the musical, with book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker and music by Oberacker.

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