Phil Willmott

One of Broadway’s royalty is headed to London’s West End

The Starry MessengerMatthew Broderick is to star opposite Elizabeth McGovern in Academy Award-winner Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger.

Broderick is perhaps best known to New York Theatre goers for his musical comedy work. Most famously he originated the role of the hapless junior producer in Mel Brooke’s THE PRODUCERS in the much loved original stage production and the unloved movie version. In it he played opposite Nathan Lane who Londoners saw give an extraordinary performance in the NT’s recent ANGELS IN AMERICA. Broderick teamed up with Lane again in a revival of THE ODD COUPLE and I last saw him in the Broadway show NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT. He is a master of comic timing and physical comedy although it doesn’t sound like he’ll be drawing on either much in this play, which he’s also performed in NYC. It’s described as follows:

“Facing a stagnant marriage and a drowning career, Mark Williams is stuck teaching astronomy in the basement of the Hayden Planetarium. When a chance meeting with a young mother (Moreno) knocks them both out of orbit, their lives begin to realign in ways they never could have predicted”

It’s directed by Sam Yates who recently helmed London’s acclaimed production of GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

The Starry Messenger will run at Wyndham's Theatre this spring. Performances will begin May 16.

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