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Christopher McDonald Will Join Nathan Lane & John Slattery in Starry Broadway Revival of THE FRONT PAGE

The upcoming Broadway revival of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's dark comedy The Front Page has welcomed another stage vet to the fold.

According to Deadline, Christopher McDonald will join previously announced Nathan Lane and John Slattery in the Jack O'Brien-helmed production as 'Murphy.'

Set in the world of the Chicago newspaper business, The Front Page will begin previews on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, February 5, 2017. The revival is slated to open on October 20, 2016 at a to-be-announced theater.

The Front Page will feature Lane as Walter Burns, Slattery as Hildy Johnson, John Goodman as Sheriff Hartman, Jefferson Mays as Bensinger, Rosemary Harris as Mrs. Grant, and Sherie Rene Scott as Mollie Malloy.

The Front Page will be produced on Broadway by Scott Rudin and will feature set design by Douglas Schmidt, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound by Scott Lehrer.

The show is set in the press room of Chicago's Criminal Courts Building which 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.

McDonald previously appeared on Broadway as Billy Flynn in Chicago and as Eddie Hayes in Lucky Guy. Other theatre credits include Nightclub Cantina, Hay Fever, Bounders and The Los Angeles Theatre Center's productions of Hamlet, Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He is also the recipient of a Drama-logue Award for Best Actor for Final Touches. He first caught Hollywood's attention when he played Goose McKenzie in Grease 2. Beloved for his comedic roles as Mr. Stifler in American Pie and Shooter McGavin in Happy Gilmore, he also made a mark with memorable performances in Thelma and Louise and Quiz Show. Other film roles include: The Boys Next Door, Outrageous Fortune, Chances Are, Dutch, Wild Orchids 2, Grumpy Old Men, Fatal Instinct, Terminal Velocity, Cover Story, Rich Man's Wife, Leave it to Beaver, Flubber, The Iron Giant, The Perfect Storm, Spy Kids: 2, Grind, Takedown, Rumor Has It, Kickin' It Old Skool, Mad Money, Superhero Movie, Fanboys, House Bunny, among others. TV: HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" as Harry Daugherty, "Harry's Law," "Family Law," "Veronica's Closet," "North Shore," "Cracking Up," "The Sopranos," "The Bronx is Burning," "61," "SGU Stargate Universe," "Numb3rs," "Law & Order," "My Boys" and "Psych." His voice work includes a recurring role in Disney Channel's "Kim Possible."

Photo by Walter McBride


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