Thursday, August 5, 2004

Broderick to star off-Broadway

How do you follow a starring role on Broadway in The Producers?

Matthew Broderick, who played Leo Bloom in the hit Mel Brooks musical, will go off-Broadway this fall. The 42-year-old actor will portray the title character in a revival of The Foreigner, Larry Shue's comedy about a shy, stressed-out Englishman who, while vacationing in rural Georgia, pretends he can't speak the language.

The production, to be directed by Scott Schwartz, will open Nov. 7 at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre. Preview performances begin Oct. 15. Additional casting will be announced.

The original Foreigner opened off-Broadway in November 1984 and ran for nearly two years. Shue, who died in a plane crash in 1985 at the age of 39, was in the production, which starred Anthony Heald as Charlie Baker, the tongue-tied foreigner.

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