A Pair of Jokers

They're the Producers! They're the Odd Couple! They're the Producers ... again! How two modestly successful actors become one supernova duo

It's Sunday night backstage at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Broadway. Nathan Lane is sprawled on a couch in his tiny sitting room. His face is flushed. He looks exhausted. And no wonder: two days from now, he and Matthew Broderick are set to start previews of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, the play's first revival in 40 years. Broderick and Lane, whose singularly fizzy chemistry made the musical The Producers a colossal hit in 2001, have been rehearsing nonstop for the past three weeks. Lane will play the slovenly Oscar Madison, Broderick the famously fastidious Felix Unger. The entire run is...

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