Producer Scott Rudin has announced the staggering complete cast list for the upcoming production of THE FRONT PAGE, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s classic 1928 comedy set in the world of the Chicago newspaper business.
Joining previously announced stars Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, and Sherie Rene Scott will be Holland Taylor and Robert Morse, along with Dylan Baker, Patricia Conolly, Halley Feiffer, Dann Florek, John Magaro, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Christopher McDonald, David Pittu, JoeySlotnick, Lewis J. Stadlen, Micah Stock, and Clarke Thorell.
As previously announced, THE FRONT PAGE will begin previews on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 with an official opening set for October 20. Directed by three-time Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien, the show will play a limited engagement through Sunday, February 5, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre (235 W. 44th Street). Tickets now on sale via telecharge.com / (212) 239-6200.
The press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson (Slattery) accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns (Lane) conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.
THE FRONT PAGE premiered on August 14, 1928 at the Times Square Theatre, in a production staged by George S. Kaufman. The play was heralded for its rapid-fire dialogue written by former newspapermen Hecht and MacArthur, and was one of four stunning and unprecedented hits in a row in the early career of its producer, the legendary Jed Harris.
Often cited as the greatest play ever written about the newspaper business, THE FRONT PAGE has also been a hit on screen. A 1931 film version starred Adolphe Menjou as Walter Burns and Pat O’Brien as Hildy Johnson. The 1940 film adaptation, His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant as Walter Burns and Rosalind Russell as a now-female Hildy Johnson, is considered one of the classics of the screwball comedy genre, and in 1993 was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.
THE FRONT PAGE will feature set design by Douglas W. Schmidt, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Scott Lehrer.
THE FRONT PAGE
20th September 2016 – 5th February 2017