John Goodman (last on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater Company’s 2009 revival of “Waiting for Godot”), Jefferson Mays (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”), Rosemary Harris and Sherie Rene Scott also will star in the 1928 newspaper comedy, to be directed by Jack O’Brien (“Hairspray,” “The Coast of Utopia,” the upcoming “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”).
Lane, whose most recent Broadway stint was in the Terrence McNally comedy “It’s Only a Play” last season, is one of Broadway’s more reliable draws, with a track record that includes not only “It’s Only a Play,” which was one of last season’s biggest nonmusical hits, but also “The Producers.” Slattery (“Mad Men”) hasn’t appeared on Broadway since his 2006 gig in “Rabbit Hole.”
“Front Page,” Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s comedy about a reporter (Slattery) and his editor (Lane) hiding an escaped prisoner to score a scoop, became well known for its rat-a-tat comic dialogue. The play was adapted into a 1931 film, and also inspired the 1940 comedy “His Girl Friday” with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell (playing a female version of the role to be played by Slattery in the new revival).
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“Front Page” is the latest Broadway outing for busy Broadway producer Rudin, who this season produces “A View From the Bridge,” “The Crucible,” “The Humans,” “Blackbird” and the musical “Shuffle Along.” “Front Page” begins previews Sept. 20 ahead of an Oct. 20 opening, with the exact theater to be determined as the season shapes up in the coming months.