Broadway can’t get enough of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, especially when they’re together. After two smash runs in The Producers, they’re reteaming for 2005 revival of The Odd Couple, Playbill reports. The curtain will rise in August, after Lane and Broderick reprise their Producers roles on screen. In the restaged Neil Simon classic, Lane will play slobby Oscar and Broderick will play fussbudgety Felix, though it’s rumored that they may switch roles for a few performances. Joe Mantello, who’s won two Tonys in the last two years (for Assassins and Take Me Out, will direct.
The revival will mark the 40th anniversary of Simon’s indestructible comedy, which premiered in 1965 with Walter Matthau as Oscar and Art Carney as Felix. Since then of course, it’s been adapted into two movies (both with Matthau and Jack Lemmon), and two sitcoms (the classic 1970s series with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall, and a short-lived ’80s version, which cast African-American stars Demond Wilson and Ron Glass as Oscar and Felix). The 2005 staging will also mark the first time the show has been revived on Broadway with a male cast; a 1985 revival gave the characters a sex change and starred Rita Moreno and Sally Struthers as Olive and Florence.