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February 21

Another appearance - this time on American Theatre Wing and XM Radio's "Downstage Center" show. Nathan will be the special guest on the On Broadway channel (28) Friday, February 22 at 6 p.m. The show will repeat on Saturday, February 23 at noon, Sunday, February 24 at 7 p.m., and Wednesday, February 27 at midnight. The program becomes available as streaming audio and podcast from www.americantheatrewing.org beginning Monday afternoon, February 25.

February 18

Schedule appearances: Late Night with Conan O'Brien on February 22 (after midnight in most markets), and The View on February 26.

January 24

Nathan was on the Regis and Kelly show this morning, and will be on Late Show With David Letterman on Friday, January 25.

January 14

As November officially opens on Friday, articles are starting to show up. Here's one in USA Today.

Site note: Unfortunately, I will be out of town during the opening, so I will not be able to update with reviews and other articles. I suggest Googling for information, checking BroadwayStars.com for links to reviews, and All That Chat for discussion of the show.

January 13, 2008

In My Library: Nathan Lane article in the NY Post.

November 30

Article on November. Rehearsals began this week; previews begin December 20 and the play opens January 17.

July 9

Updating News:

From Playbill:

Lane and Borle Will Play Catch Me If You Can for New Musical's Workshop

Nathan Lane will star in the workshop of Catch Me If You Can opposite Legally Blonde's Christian Borle.

Variety reports that a private presentation of the developing musical will take place in Manhattan July 16-27.

Based on the 2002 Steven Spielberg film, Catch Me If You Can reunites the team behind the 2003 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Hairspray: composer lyricist Marc Shaiman, lyricist Scott Wittman, director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Terrence McNally joins the group as librettist.

From Hollywood News:

Dennis Hopper, Nathan Lane, Kelsey Grammer, Stanley Tucci, George Lopez and Madeline Carroll have all joined Kevin Costner in SWING VOTE, the comedy that kicks off shooting in New Mexico later this month.

Variety reports that the film revolves around an apathetic working-class single dad (Costner) who’s thrust on the world stage when the presidential election comes down to his vote.

The trade reports that Hopper and Grammer will play the Democratic candidate and Republican incumbent, while Lane and Tucci will play their respective campaign managers. Hopper last appeared with Cosnter in the box-office bomb WATERWORLD.

From Playbill:

Nathan Lane, who was on Broadway this past season in the revival of Butley, has found his latest stage project. The two-time Tony Award winner will star in David Mamet's newest play, November, which will open on Broadway in January 2008.

Variety reports that Lane will play President Charles Smith in the production, which will open Jan. 17, 2008, at a Shubert theatre to be named. Previews will begin Dec. 21. Tony winner Joe Mantello, who helmed the 2005 revival of Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, will direct.

May 22

From Variety:

Trio signs on for 'Nutcracker'
Konchalovsky will direct ballet adaptation

John Turturro, Nathan Lane and Elle Fanning are set to star in a $65 million fantasy musical inspired by Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker," to be directed by Russian helmer Andrei Konchalovsky.

Titled "Nutcracker -- The Untold Story," the movie is based on the fairy story that inspired the ballet. Tim Rice is contributing lyrics to eight new songs using Tchaikovsky's scores, from "The Nutcracker" itself and from his concertos and symphonies.

Konchalovsky has written the screenplay with Chris Solimine. Lane gifts the Nutcracker doll to Fanning in 1920s Vienna and Turturro plays the evil Mouse King. Kevin Phipps, art director of "Troy" and "V for Vendetta," is supervising the visuals and the sets.

The movie starts shooting July 16 at Stern Film Studios in Budapest. Producer is Paul Lowin, with Moritz Borman acting as exec producer.

The production is being financed by private equity plus Hungary's tax incentives. The producers are waiting until shooting is underway before starting to negotiate distribution agreements.

"I have been trying to make this film for a very long time, and now that CGI and technical wizardry have come so far, I can finally realize my dream," Konchalovsky said.

"It's very difficult to show a film like this to distributors at screenplay stage, because there is so much CGI and animatronics, so we decided to raise the money from a consortium of private investors," Borman said.

Deal was packaged by David Bugliari, Bart Walker and Tony Lipp of CAA.

May 18

Published May 18 for The Advocate:

Birdcage sequel in the works, with Tom Cruise involved

In a conference call with MGM executives, United Artist bosses Paula Wagner and Tom Cruise announced they are making a Birdcage sequel, reports the New York Daily News' Rush and Molloy.

Speaking to execs, Wagner listed some of UA's upcoming projects, which include a sequel to T he Birdcage, the 1996 gay-themed comedy hit. The Birdcage, which starred Robin Williams and Nathan Lane, was a remake of the 1978 French film La Cage aux Folles.

Wagner and Cruise took over the reins of UA, an MGM subsidiary, in November.

April 25

Nathan will be a guest on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Thursday, May 3, 2007. Check your local listings or visit www.ellendegeneres.com for time and channel.

April 16

Nathan is featured in the "Vanities" section of the May Vanity Fair in a photo by Howard Schatz inspired by his book In Character: Actors Acting.

April 14

The Trevor Project, the non-profit organization that provides around-the-clock suicide prevention to gay youth, will present Tony Award winner Nathan Lane with The Trevor Hero Award during its seventh annual New York City gala June 25 at the Hudson Theatre. More at Playbill.com.

February 23

The Producers on Broadway will close April 22, shortly after completing its sixth year. As Michael Riedel puts it, "The boys said no."

February 13

Variety reports that Scott King (Mad TV) is writing the pilot for the TV show with Nathan and Kristin Chenoweth mentioned below.

January 30

From Back Stage:

Lane to Be Honored by Human Rights Campaign

Nathan Lane will be among those honored at the New York gala for the Human Rights Campaign, the world's largest advocacy organization for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. The gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.

Lane will receive the 2007 Equality Award. Traver Rains and Richie Rich, the design duo behind the Heatherette label, will receive the Visibility Award. Cyndi Lauper will provide the entertainment, and Charles Rangel, the new chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, will deliver the keynote address. For tickets, go to www.boxofficetickets.com/hrc or call (800) 494-TIXS.

January 26, 2007

Michael Riedel of the NY Post reports that Nathan and Matthew Broderick may return to the Broadway production of The Producers to close the show in June (Young Frankenstein is expected to come to the St. James in the fall).

December 3

New interview from AP writer Michael Kuchwara. And a new TV pilot for Kristin Chenoweth and Nathan is mentioned in this NY Times article ("about a pair of talk show hosts like Regis and Kelly").

And watch for Nathan's appearance on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart on Monday, December 4 on Comedy Central.

November 9

Nathan is scheduled to appear on the Ellen Degeneres Show on Wednesday, November 22. Check your local listings or visit www.ellendegeneres.com for time and channel.

November 8

Funny story about a Beauty and the Beast appearance at a fund-raiser for the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

November 7

Photos from Butley opening night: Talkin' Broadway, Playbill, Broadway.com Video.

October 22

More articles: a great Q&A at Broadway.com, one with great photos, at Newsday and this, which looks like an early review, in the NY Observer.

October 19

Nathan is scheduled to appear on Late Night with Conan O'Brien tonight and on The View on October 27 - check local listings for time and channel.

October 17

News on the Neil Simon tribute at The Washington Times. And this article on Butley at Playbill.com.

September 27

Nathan is scheduled to appear on Late Show with David Letterman on Friday, September 29. Check your local TV listings for time.

September 14

You can use discount code BUTCE24 at BroadwayOffers.com for this discount: $50 (Wednesday at 2), $65 (Tuesday at 7, Wednesday – Friday at 8) or $70* (Saturday at 2 & 8, Sunday at 3), Excluding 10/25/06. Offer valid thru 11/22/06; you must order by 10/24/06.

September 6

The box office opens today for Nathan Lane in Butley at the Booth Theatre, 222 West 45th Street. Preview begin October 5, opens October 25. Co-starring Julian Ovenden, Dana Ivey, Pamela Gray, James McMenamin, Darren Pettie and Jessica Stone.  Directed by Nicholas Martin. The is a 14-week limited run through January 14th, 2007.  It is produced by Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Stephanie P. McClelland, Eric Falkenstein, Debra Black, Chase Mishkin, Barbara Manocherian/Larry Hirschhorn, Barbara Freitag and Sine/ZPI.

Tickets are available at the Booth Theatre box office, on the Internet at www.telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200.  Ticket prices range from $76.25 - $96.25. Playing Schedule: Tuesday @ 7pm, Wednesday - Saturday @ 8pm, Wednesday & Saturday @ 2pm, Sunday @ 3pm.

Butley is a dark comedy about a literature professor whose world is crumbling around him. Faced with surprising news from both his wife and his lover, Butley fights for his life with his best weapon: his acid wit.

And here's the marquee.

August 31

Honors for Neil Simon

Playwright Neil Simon, of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Odd Couple fame, will receive the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, which "focuses on those who create humor from their uniquely American experiences."

Jason Alexander, Richard Dreyfus, Nathan Lane, Cyndi Lauper and Robert Redford are among those honoring Simon Oct. 15. (The program will air Nov. 20 on PBS.)

August 15

Butley tickets are on sale for those who have American Express cards. For everyone else, August 19. Visit Telecharge.com.

August 2

Nathan will be honored L.A.'s Project Angel Food August 5 event. For more information visit www.angelfood.org. And he will attend the October 15 event at the Kennedy Center during which Neil Simon will be awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Tickets for that event will go on sale to the general public on Friday August 11. Visit the Kennedy Center website for more information.

July 9

Nathan will play the role Tom Hanks played in the film Catch Me If You Can in a workshop of the musical version, with book by Terrence McNally and a score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, accordng to Playbill.com.

July 7

Interesting article about the distribution of the ample profits of The Odd Couple from Michael Riedel of the NY Post.

May 24

Nathan's next Broadway project is Butley at the Booth Theatre with previews beginning October 5, 2006 and opening set for October 25.

April 19

Nathan has been nominated for Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League. The awards ceremony takes place on Friday, May 5.

April 5

Nathan is schedule for Late Night with Conan O'Brien on April 6.

March 7

The current release date for The Producers DVD is May 16, 2006. Details, including bonuses, are listed at MovieNews.com.

January 12

Added Daily Show appearance on 1/19 to Producers page Update: 1/19/06 he is no longer listed as a guest. He has been out of The Odd Couple since yesterday (shows have been cancelled), due to laryngitis.

January 6

Nathan and Matthew Broderick will each receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this Monday, January 9, at 11:30a.m. (Hollywood and Highland, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.). More information at http://www.hollywoodchamber.net.

The two will follow that event with an appearance on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno that evening.

January 2

Life Magazine (now available as a newspaper insert) had a cover story on Nathan and Matthew Broderick over the New Year's weekend (issue date is 12/30/2005). The cover images are available on the Life website (probably this week only).

December 29

The pre-empted segment on the Oprah Winfrey show is expected to air today.

Nathan is scheduled to appear on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on Friday January 6 (technically, very early January 7).

December 21

More articles/reviews added to the Producers page, including a nice interview at CinemaSource.com.

December 15

I've started a separate page for the Producers film. There's information there on a Producers merchandise giveaway I'm running through January 1.

December 13

Congratulations to Nathan on his Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Film, Comedy/Musical (The Producers). The film is also nominated for Best Movie Musical or Comedy and Best Original Song, and Will Ferrell is up for Best Supporting Actor.

More reviews:

And another article - at USAToday.com.

December 11

New article in the NY Post today: "Shtick Shift."

December 10

The first two major reviews are in (I'd call it mixed to positive with reservations) at Variety.com and the Hollywood Reporter. The reviews will be collected at RottenTomatoes.com.

December 9

An article about the stage actors' reaction to seeing themselves on screen - at Playbill.com.

December 8

More TV appearances:

  • Live with Regis and Kelly Rippa (co-host) - 12/15
  • Late Show with David Letterman - 12/21

December 4

The December 12 issue of New York Magazine features a lengthy article on the filming of the new Producers movie. You can read it online now (I'm not sure how long they archive articles - let me know if it's gone), or look for the issue on newsstands. And here's a story on the film's lighting designers, Broadway lengends Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer.

December 3

Another TV appearance:

  • Dateline NBC - 12/4 7:00pm (ET - check your local listings): Mel Brooks, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick discuss their film, ``The Producers.''

November 30

The TV appearances for the cast of the Producers film are starting to line up (please check your local listings for times; TV-Now.com has Eastern zone times):

  • Inside the Actors Studio - 12/11 (9:00pmET), 12/16, and 12/25
  • "10 Excellent Things: The Producers VH1 - 12/16
  • Producers: The Movie Musical: HBO First Look - 12/12 through 12/31
  • Ellen DeGeneres Show - 12/16

November 22

The Producers soundtrack was released today. New additions to the offical Producers film website are Production Notes and Song Lyrics.

The film opens in exclusive (single theater) engagements on Friday, December 16, 2005 in the following cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Toronto. It will expand wider on December 25th across North America and will further expand on January 13th.

November 12

Simi Horowitz of Backstage offers a great recap of the recent 92nd Street Y interview/appearance of Nathan, Matthew Broderick and Joe Mantello.

Also, from today's Page Six column of the NY Post:

NATHAN Lane got a big laugh the other night at Tavern on the Green during the Primary Stages tribute to director Susan Stroman. He told of watching a recent "Dateline" segment about sex offenders in which one perv was being carted away in a T-shirt promoting "The Frogs" — the show in which Lane starred and that "Stro" (as her friends call her) directed. He was praying the alleged perpetrator would not say he was a Nathan Lane fan as he was taken away in shackles. Lane cracked, "After all, I have a film coming out." That's "The Producers," with Lane and Matthew Broderick re-creating their stage roles. Stro directed the film and the Broadway musical.

November 11

Nathan and the cast of the Producers will appear in a new Inside the Actors Studio show on December 11. A little more here.

November 6

NY Times article on Producers film.

The Odd Couple on Broadway opened on October 27. Here's an article about the reviews, and links to reviews:

Also, Broadway.com offers Quotable Quotes from opening night, and here are links to articles and photos from opening night:

[if any of the above links stop working, please email me]

October 25

Visit the official website of The Producers, the movie.

October 24

Nathan and Matthew are on the schedule for this Friday's (10/28) Oprah show. Update: their segment was apparently bumped for a World Series thing. I don't know if they will appear on a future show.

Odd Couple photos at Playbill.com and Producers U.S. film trailer.

October 9

The Odd Couple has started previews. You can check online theatre message boards like All That Chat for early comments.

This week's Newsweek has a nice on "the couple" (thanks, Maggie), as does Time, and here's a little story about Nathan's injured finger.

October 8

The official website of the Producers movie is online: http://www.theproducersmovie.com/. The international trailer is available here: www.sonypictures.co.uk/movies/theproducers.

September 30

New interview with the Odd Couple in USA Today.

And the Producers soundtrack is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. Release date is November 22.

September 19

Show People MagazineA new interview/article is in the current issue of Show People Magazine (Fall 2005), featuring Nathan and Matthew Broderick: "In the Land of Milk & Money." Show People is a quarterly magazine. You can subscribe at showpeople.com (enter the Talkin' Broadway discount code TALKIN at checkout for $2 off the subscription rate). There are several new photos.

I'm also told there is an article in the current issue of Men's Vogue.

September 16

There are some upcoming recordings to watch for. The Miami Vice - Season 2 DVD set is expected to be released November 22 and it includes Nathan's episode from 1985.

The soundtrack for The Producers: The Movie Musical is set to be released November 22, 2005. It will include all of the songs recorded for the movie (including "The King of Broadway" which may or may not be in the released film) plus two new over-the-end-titles songs: the new Brooks-penned “There's Nothing Like a Show on Broadway,” and Will Ferrell's “power ballad” arrangement of “Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop.”

[A couple of early preview reports for the Producers movie are availabe at Ain't It Cool News: here's one and another.]

And Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 4 has been released on DVD, with the funny season-ender of Larry's quest for Broadway fame in The Producers. Order at Amazon.com.

Photos from Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams are available at Playbill Online and Broadway.com, and reviews at:

July 3

Stephen Sondhein's 75th birthday concert at the Hollywood Bowl on July 8 is set to include Jason Alexander, Nathan Lane, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, and many more. For more information call 323/850-2000 or visit www.Hollywoodbowl.com. Update: It appears Nathan is no longer one of the performers.

June 28

Nathan Lane has joined the cast of the upcoming Primary Stages Off-Broadway presentation of Terrence McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams starring Marian Seldes ... the Off-Broadway run is scheduled to begin previews July 26 and open Aug. 18 at 59E59 Theaters for a run through Sept. 18. The Primary Stages website states that the original cast is expected to perform through September 4. more at Playbill.com. Tickets are on sale now at TicketCentral.com.

June 27

It has been announced that Nathan will be honored in 2006 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

June 26

The Odd Couple advance is now at $16.5 million. Story at Playbill.com.

June 17

More Odd Couple tickets will be available on June 20 for American Express cardholders. Visit http://broadway.yahoo.com/index.html for more information.

June 15

Peter Frechette added to the cast, as Roy the accountant. Already announced are Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Brad Garrett, Rob Bartlett, Lee Wilkof, Olivia d'Abo and Jessica Stone and director Joe Mantello.

June 8

From the NY Times:

How much are theatergoers who were dazzled by "The Producers" willing to pay to see Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick co-starring again on Broadway? How about more than $5 million since Monday, when individual tickets to their next show went on sale? According to Emanuel Azenberg, the lead producer, the sales were made on the Internet and by telephone. The attraction in question is the revival of the Neil Simon comedy "The Odd Couple," scheduled to open at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in previews on Oct. 4 and officially on Oct. 27. Mr. Lane is to play the slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison and Mr. Broderick his roommate, the fussy photographer Felix Unger.

June 6

Odd Couple tickets are on sale to American Express cardholders now: Am Ex/Yahoo Broadway site.

June 1

Looks like Odd Couple Broadway tickets will be scarce and expensive. Some group sales sites are selling tickets already (try bestofbroadway.com), and American Express cardholders will be able to purchase tickets soon - watch this site: broadway.yahoo.com for more information coming soon. I've heard only sides and rear orchestra will be the best available to "regular" ticket buyers. Better seats will go for premium prices.

Casting continues, with Rob Bartlett (Speedy), Olivia d'Abo (Gwendolyn Pigeon), Jessica Stone (Cecily Pigeon) and Brad Garrett (Murray) mentioned so far.

June 1

Here's an interview with Gary Baseman, creator of Teacher's Pet.

May 31

Photos of The Producers: The Movie Musical film have been popping up, especially in NYC papers. A good number are available at the Internet Movie Database.

March 31

The Absolutely Fabulous "White Box" special which features Nathan, Miranda Richardson and Laurie Metcalf is airing April 1 on the Oxygen channel at

February 17

The BC/EFA Broadway Bears auction will be held on Sunday, February 20. The Frogs bear will be autographed by Nathan Lane. Live bidding, live telephone bidding and pre-registered fixed bidding are available. Visit this page at BCEFA.org for information. The Frogs bear can be seen here.

February 11

Jon Lovitz added to Producers film cast as Mr. Marks.

February 10

"Broderick and Lane Confirmed for B'Way Revival of The Odd Couple."

February 10

Nathan has won a DVDX Award - Best Animated Character Performance (in a DVD premiere movie)for voicing Timon in The Lion King 1½ (Disney). More here. The video also won awards for Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie, Best Director, Best Editing and Best Screenplay. It is available at Amazon.com.

February 9

Andrea Martin and Debra Monk will play two of the old ladies in the Producers film. See the article at Playbill.com. Also, it has been confirmed that Uma Thurman is playing Ulla.

February 2

The London Producers has been named Best Musical at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards. See this Liverpool Daily Post article for more information. It also won Best Musical at WhatsOnStage.com and Nathan won Best Actor in a musical.

The show, Nathan, Leo Evans, Leigh Zimmerman and Susan Stroman are also nominated for an Olivier Award. More information here. Winners will be announced February 20.

February 1

Souvenirs brochures are available for the London run of The Producers. Visit DressCircle.co.uk for information.

January 31

For $500, be an extra in The Producers film on March 14 and help out FoodChange (formerly Community Food Resource Center). Sign up by February 28. Playbill Club members (it's free to join) get a 10% discount. See Playbill.com for more information.

December 28

From BBC Online: "Actor Nathan Lane has pulled out of all his remaining performances in West End musical The Producers after suffering from two slipped discs."

He was expected to play until January 8 (and then, on to the Producers film. Best wishes and prayers for a quick recovery.

December 18

Catching up on London Producers news:

Catching up on the Producers film news:

November 17

According to Playbill.com: "The long-talked-about Broadway revival of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, starring the golden duo of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, is now aiming at a Broadway opening in August 2005."

November 9

The London reviews are coming in:

According to Playbill.com, Nathan will return to NYC in January to begin filming The Producers.

October 25

The London Producers Another article, this time in the Telegraph - and a picture.

October 20

More, from Nathan, in this NY Post Article.

October 18

According to several new sources, Nathan will be replacing Richard Dreyfuss as Max in the London debut of The Producers. Articles at BBC News, Reuters, WhatsOnStage.com, London Times, and NY Post. Nathan will be reunited with his Mousehunt co-star, as Lee Evans is playing Leo Bloom.

September 2

Nathan was injured last night near the end of the first act of Frogs. His understudy replaced him in the second act. More at Playbill.com. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

Update: Nathan returned to the show the next day. He hasn't missed since.

July 26

Here are links to some Frogs reviews. They are quite mixed, but there have been many encouraging reports from individuals:

And here are photos from opening night.

July 20

On Broadway Men Still Wear HatsRobert Simonson's new book, On Broadway Men Still Wear Hats: Fascinating Lives Led on the Borders of Broadway features (mostly) the people behind the scenes in theatre. One person included in the book is Nathan Lane's dresser, Kenneth Brown: "The piece on Kenneth Brown, Nathan Lane's dresser, is particularly fascinating for its insight into the controlled chaos that occurs in the wings during a big musical," [Backstage, July 19, 2004].

July 20

Another article about The Frogs in the NJ Star-Ledger.

July 9

The Lincoln Center Theater ReviewIn depth coverage of The Frogs available in the Lincoln Center Theater Review. Pieces written by Nathan Lane ("A Leap of Fate"), Susan Stroman, Stephen Sondheim, Christopher Durang, William Ivey Long, and more. Excellent reading and lots of interesting information.

You can order the issue (#38) in print form, here.

Also visit the Playbill Photo Call with a couple of pictures from The Frogs.

June 26

Great article/interview with Nathan in the NY Times with several pictures. And more about the show here (excerpts from the three different versions).

June 22

Frogs began previews last night. Here is an article about the show in the NY Post and one at Playbill.com.

June 18

Teacher's PetTeacher's Pet, animated musical comedy feature film with Nathan Lane providing the voice of the main character, was released on DVD this week. Bonuses include: series premiere episode, "The Art of Gary Baseman," Disney's song selection, deleted scenes, music video. Available at Amazon.com.

May 26

Playbill reports Nathan is likely to be a presenter at the June 6 Tony Awards, to be telecast on CBS, beginning at 8:00pmET.

May 19

Looks like Nathan will be included in interviews with and about Matthew Broderick on May 19 on 60 Minutes II (CBS - check your local listings). More information on CBS.com.

May 17

Playbill shows the new Frogs logo/showcard at MARQUEE VALUE: The Frogs at the Vivian Beaumont.

April 27

From the NY Daily News:

Nathan Lane put the queen in the Queen Mary 2 on Saturday with a hilarious comic number at the Entertainment Industry Foundation's cancer benefit, hosted by Katie Couric. To the tune of "My Favorite Things" he listed "Hugh Jackman naked except boots and false lashes," and "ordering a mimosa and your waitress is Omarosa."

Jon Bon Jovi told Steven Cojocaru of "Entertainment Tonight," that Couric is "hot. She gets all sweet for the morning news and she gets sassy at night. Katie's got a nice booty!"

Also there were Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, Glenn Close, Harry Connick Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Mayor Bloomberg, Donald (and, separately, Ivana) Trump, Elizabeth Hurley and Harvey Weinstein. The benefit raised $4.8 million.

April 23

From Playbill.com:

A new production of Simon Gray's Butley, with Nathan Lane in the title role, will likely reach Broadway during the 2005-06 season.

March 29

From HBO:

The season premiere for year #4 of the HBO program ON THE RECORD WITH BOB COSTAS is set for Friday, Apr. 2 at 11 p.m. ET/PT & 10 p.m. CT. The show will be repeated (HBO East) 4/4 8:00am, 4/5 7:00pm, 4/7 10:00pm.

Headlining the guest list for Friday is actor Billy Bob Thornton, who will discuss his upcoming film "The Alamo;" and a roundtable panel with the stars of the hit Broadway show "The Producers," Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

March 22

According to Liz Smith: Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Liza Minnelli, Nathan Lane, MTV's Quddus (the hot host of "Total Request Live") and Foreigner's Mick Jones will be just a few of the famous on hand for The Caron Foundation's New York City Recovery Center opening at 244 E. 58th St. This is aimed at "destigmatizing" drug and alcohol treatment for adolescents. Music, dance and art are utilized to help make the recovery a "creative outlet" for young people. Call 212-486-7070.

March 9

Nathan and other Producers folks to appear on the season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm on March 14. More in this article at Playbill.com.

And ...

More Frogs casting: John Byner, Peter Bartlett, Daniel Davis, Burke Moses, and Michael Siberry. More at Broadway.com.

February 29

Nathan and Matthew Broderick will appear on Radio Playbill March 1 - 14. More information at Playbill.com.

February 20

Bravo will air "James Lipton & The Making of a Musical" about the musical Sherry! beginning February 28 at 11:30am. The full schedule is Wed, Mar 3, 3:30 PM, Fri, Mar 5, 5:00 PM, Sun, Mar 14, 7:00 PM. From Bravo:

Bravo takes a look at James Lipton and his life as he pursues his personal dream, creating the CD of a musical he wrote over 30 years ago. Enlisting the help of Nathan Lane, Bernadette Peters, Carol Burnett and Tommy Tune, amongst others, we show Jim recording the tracks to "Sherry", a musical that had a brief Broadway run back in the '60's. James tells the story of "Sherry" --- it's rise, fall and current recreation, in addition to discussing his life and the pursuit of his own dreams along the way.

February 10

The Lion King 1 1/2 musical prequel/midquel to The Lion King has been released on DVD. Timon & Pumbaa are featured. Visit Amazon.com for more information.

February 4

Nice article about Angus McIndoe (restaurant and restaurateur) in today's NY Times. The excellent restaurant is next door to the St. James Theatre and its investors include Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Mel Brooks, Harvey and Bob Weinstein, and Frank McCourt. Popular hangout for theatregoers and cast members.

January 29

News about Frogs in this NY Times article.

January 22

Watch reviews for Win a Date With Ted Hamilton (opening wide this Friday) at RottenTomatoes.com.

January 22

There reports today at Variety and Playbill.com that Nicole Kidman has been cast as Ulla in the upcoming Producers film.

"Variety reports that the actress, currently on screens in "Cold Mountain," has landed the role of the blonde bombshell secretary originated on stage by Tony winner Cady Huffman. Susan Stroman, who directed the Broadway musical and who will direct the film, told the industry paper, "I'm so excited, [Kidman's] so versatile." Variety also says that Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan are currently writing the film's script, and shooting is scheduled to begin next February. The motion picture — starring the previously announced Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick — is scheduled for Christmas 2005.

ALSO: Army Archerd reports in the same Variety article that Nathan and Matthew Broderick have agreed to stay in the Broadway Producers through April 25 (NOT confirmed, and Telecharge still lists April 4 as their final date).

January 21

Nathan has joined other celebrities in protesting the actions of Cirque du Soleil concerning the firing of a performer who is HIV+. More at RainbowNetwork.com.

January 20

Audio clips from the Sherry! CD are now available at Angel's website.

January 14

Teacher's PetThe Teacher's Pet soundtrack was released on January 13.

January 10

Articles on Teacher's Pet:

January 12

Ben Brantley on the return to The Producers.

January 7

Nathan (Oscar) and Matthew Broderick (Felix) have been offered the lead roles in a future limited run Broadway revival of Neil Simon's play, The Odd Couple, according to today's NY Post. According to the report, neither has yet accepted.

January 6

According to Variety, Nathan and Matthew Broderick have signed on to make a new film based on the Broadway musical version of The Producers:

The two stars, who just began their second Broadway run, have inked mid-seven-figure deals to star in a film adaptation.

Lensing is set to start in early 2005, with a late 2005 release planned.

...

U[niversal] first announced plans to do a feature adaptation of "The Producers" last year (Daily Variety, June 2), having inherited the remake rights. Though enthusiastic about the project, no deals were in place yet.

Now, the studio confirmed only that it had acquired domestic distrib rights and was aiming for a late 2005 release. Studio declined comment on talent deals.

Other key members behind the stage show are also said to be on board, including Brooks, who will produce, his co-writer Thomas Meehan, and Susan Stroman to helm.

More in this NY Times article.

January 5

Reviews of Win a Date with Tad Hamilton coming in:

January 2

More on the Producers return at NYTimes.com (see second section, "Biting the Hands That Feed Him").

December 31

Articles today about Nathan and Matthew Broderick's return to The Producers:

You can also read first hand reports on Talkin' Broadway's message board, All That Chat.

December 29

Two talk show appearances coming up: The Late Show with David Letterman on January 8, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien January 16. Both appear to be new shows.

December 28

It was mentioned on Friday's "Today Show" that Nathan and Matthew Broderick will appear on the Monday, December 29, morning show. Check your local listings for times.

December 27

Information in this Playbill.com article about how The Producers figures into the upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm.

December 19

Time OutNathan and Matthew Broderick are the cover story in the December 18 - January 1 issue of Time Out magazine. There are more pictures inside and an article. Subscription and back issue information available at www.timeoutny.com/.

December 18

Sherry!Update on the studio cast recording of Sherry!. Nathan performs with Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune (and more) on this James Lipton (yes, that James Lipton) score for the musical version of The Man Who Came to Dinner. Angel Records has a February 24, 2004 release date listed.

December 8

Show People MagazineNathan is the cover story in the new (Winter, 2003) issue of Show People magazine. There are several great photos and a two page interview. Click the cover to the right, or visit ShowPeople.com to subscribe ($15 for one year - this is a quarterly magazine). If you subscribe between now and the end of February, you will receive the issue with Nathan on the cover.

December 5

Teacher's PetTeacher's Pet (it's a musical!), is expected to hit theaters January 16, 2004. You can view the the animated film's trailer on this page or visit the official site.

Also, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton will be released on January 23, 2004. You can view a trailer on this site.

And The Lion King 1 1/2 is being released on DVD February 10 (you can pre-order here). A very funny trailer is available at the Internet Movie Database.

December 1

The Boston Herald has run a story about a fundraising gala held recently, which Nathan attended (picture in linked article).

December 1

This Playbill article lists The Frogs as beginning previews June 17, 2004, opening July 15 and running through October 3.

November 18

From a Boston.com article:

HE LOOKS FAMILIAR Two-time Tony Award-winning actor Brian Dennehy was recognized by more than a few theatergoers at Saturday night's performance of "Butley" at the Huntington Theatre. Dennehy, who came to town to see his pal Nathan Lane perform the lead in the play, chatted before the show with New York producer Fred Zollo ("Private Lives," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"). After the curtain went down on "Butley," Dennehy and Zollo headed backstage to congratulate the cast and Huntington artistic director Nicholas Martin, who helmed the critically acclaimed production. Dennehy and Lane went off to meet a group of friends for dinner, but Zollo hung back with Martin. The producer, said Martin, is one of four or five who've been to Boston to see "Butley" and expressed interest in taking the show to Manhattan. And while Lane will be returning to New York to rejoin "The Producers," Dennehy will return to New England as part of a double bill at the Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence featuring a one-act play by Sean O'Casey, and Dennehy in Eugene O'Neill's two-character play "Hughie." (Dennehy won his second Tony earlier this year for O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night.")

November 17

From Newsday:

The Producers" broke its own Broadway box-office record the day tickets went on sale for the limited-run return of Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick to the show. And in half the time.

As of midnight, sales on Sunday totaled $3.6 million for a 12-hour period -- the highest one-day take in Broadway history, John Barlow, a spokesman for the show, said Monday.

November 16

Nathan and Matthew Broderick will be part of the 2004 NY Times series TimesTalk. Their session is going to be held on January 11. Tickets go on sale to the public today. (I've been told that the time shown on the Times website is incorrect and is supposed to be 10:00am, but I have not confirmed that).

For more information, and to order tickets on the web, visit this page. Or you can call 1.888-NYT-1870 for tickets.

From the Times website:

"The Producers Stage Two" Matthew Broderick & Nathan Lane, the two award-winning actors who created the roles of the mousy accountant Leo Bloom and the down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks's hit Broadway show together again. moderated by John Darnton, associate editor.

Audio recordings of previous Times Talks are available on the web - I will let everyone know if that happens again this season.

November 15

Articles about ticket sales for The Producers: Playbill, NY Times, NY Post, Newsday.

November 4

It's official! For those of you who have been waiting ... tickets for Nathan and Matthew Broderick's return to The Producers go on sale at noon on November 16. Phone (212) 239-6200, visit the box office or Telecharge.com. 112 performances, December 30 - April 4. More in this Playbill.com article. Word has it there will be an American Express Gold Card presale beginning November 9.

November 3

Nathan is currently listed as a performer at the "Great Joy!" holiday concert on December 15 at the New Amsterdam Theatre to benefit the Actors Fund. More in this Playbill article. Update: pictures of the event here.

October 31

Reviews for Butley are coming in:

October 28

Nathan will appear on the Harry Connick, Jr. Christmas music-comedy special, airing on Thanksgiving night (November 27) NBC. It was filmed in NYC and also features guests Marc Anthony, Whoopi Goldberg and gospel singer Kim Burrell.

October 19

More press on Butley, which begins next week:

October 5

Looks like The Lion King 1-1/2, "midquel" will be released on DVD on 2/10/2004. It is all about Timon & Pumbaa, and the DVD will include bonuses like Nathan's audio outtakes. See more at AnimatedBliss.com. And the DVD is already available for pre-order at Amazon.com.

October 2

Seth Rudetsky has announced that the video tape of his interview with Nathan is now available for purchase. I highly recommend this show - plus all proceeds go to BC/EFA. You can order and pick-up your tape for $20 at a Chatterbox show, which is featured on Thursdays at 6:00pm at Don't Tell Mama in NYC, or order by mail for $25. This page allows you to order by the online form: Seth's Chatterbox video order form.

September 30

From Turner Classic Movies, on their "Under the Influence" series:

Continuing Under the Influence next month is Nathan Lane, who chooses the gentle family drama To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). The Tony Award®-winning star of Broadway's The Producers, and films including The Bird Cage, brings along his own tattered copy of Harper Lee's novel that he read as a child and reveals some very personal reasons for his attachment to both the book and film.

In "Under the Influence," contemporary actors introduce a film and comment on the film classics that have had the greatest impact upon them. Each actor chooses the movie that he finds most meaningful, and reflects upon its special qualities. The show airs on Saturdays. Here is the schedule for To Kill a Mockingbird (since Nathan is listed as a November host, I don't know if the October 6 airing is related to this program):

10/06/2003 02:00 AM
11/01/2003 12:00 AM
11/01/2003 08:00 PM
11/30/2003 02:00 PM

September 27

News from a press conference in Boston

FAST LANE Nathan Lane doesn't open in "Butley" until the end of October, but he's already getting laughs at the Huntington Theatre. At yesterday morning's press conference with Lane, director Nicholas Martin, and costar Benedick Bates (yes, his dad, Alan Bates, did take that name from "Much Ado About Nothing"), a hapless reporter asked Lane to show off the English accent he'll use as the furiously witty Professor Butley. "What is this, like Thanksgiving, and you're Aunt Sylvia?" Lane shot back, in pure American. " `Get up and sing a little something!' No, it doesn't work that way. You have to see the play." The "Producers" star saw it with the elder Bates years ago on Broadway -- "when I was very, very young" he insisted -- and has wanted to do it ever since. In fact, he whipped out a Fireside Theater edition, inscribed to him by playwright Simon Gray at New Haven's Long Wharf Theatre in 1985. Now, that's persistence.
-- Boston Globe

September 26

The Sweater Book (described below) is now available at Amazon.com. Please visit StephenMosher.com for more about the photographer and the book. You can see Nathan's picture, too.

Also, The Lion King Special Edition CD and The Lion King Special Edition DVD are available for pre-order.

September 16

Producers news (no, tickets are not on sale yet).

September 14

Some background on the Butley project, from the Boston Globe.

September 11

The Sweater BookIn The Sweater Book: Hundreds of People...One Common Thread, photographer Stephen Mosher has not only created a unique tribute to a host of celebrities from the worlds of film, TV, theater, dance music and literature, but by pledging a substantial portion of his royalties to AIDS organizations, he also makes a significant contribution to the fight against AIDS.

Over 500 black and white photos of such celebrities as Josh Hartnett, Carol Burnett, Glenn Close, Noah Wyle, Laura Linney, Nathan Lane, Dame Maggie Smith, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner, Dominick Dunne, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick and stories about the photo shoots. By having each of his subjects wear a cozy old cardigan sweater in whatever way they chose, Mosher allows these well-known faces to reveal a side of themselves not seen before.

Available October 20. You can pre-order now at Amazon.com.

September 7

Well, the webcast didn't have any sound, but here are some nice photos from Broadway on Broadway. More coverage at Theatermania.com, the NY Post and NY Daily News

September 7

Nathan is scheduled to appear on "The View" on September 8 - this is a syndicated show; please check your local listings for time and station.

September 6

You can view the "Broadway on Broadway" webcast on September 7 at www.earthcam.com/events/broadway/2003/ beginning at 11:30a.m.(EST) Highlights of the show will be broadcast in the NYC area on WNBC-4 on Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 PM.

September 4

Reviews of Trumbo:

  • NY Times: "One-to-One Words of a Blacklistee"
  • Newsday: "What a treat now to have "Trumbo" officially open Off- Broadway at the Westside Theatre with no less a force of nature than Nathan Lane"

  • A.P.: "... celebrating the serious artistry of Nathan Lane"

  • NY Daily News: "Lane is a perfect H'wood 10"

  • NY Post: "Lane Delivers In Trumbo"


August 26

Looks like The Producers will have its debut next year in London without Nathan and Matthew Broderick (according to Variety, as referenced in this Playbill.com article).

August 14

According to the NY Post:

Nathan Lane's coming back to Broadway, all right - only this time he'll be alongside sexy "Nine" star Jane Krakowski.

The two will host "Broadway on Broadway" on Sept. 7 in Times Square. The 12th annual freebie concert will feature numbers from "Hairspray," "Nine," "The Producers" and "Gypsy," along with sneak peeks of "Wicked," "Taboo" and "Little Shop of Horrors."

The action starts at 11:30 a.m. NBC will tape the show for airing Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.

There's an interesting article on Broadway performers' salaries at USA Today.

August 13

It looks like Nathan will perform in Butley at Boston's Huntington Theatre from October 24 (first preview) through November 30, 2003. More in this Boston Globe article.

August 11

Nathan has commented to the NY Post on the return to The Producers. Link to full story. Excerpts:

Lane, who plays the schlock showman Max Bialystock, revealed that he and Broderick want to help ring in 2004 onstage.

"We've been talking about it, and I'm certain that it will happen," Lane told The Post.

"And I had nothing to do on New Year's Eve anyway."

...

"Everyone thinks I called the New York Post. The producers accused me of calling the New York Post, which I had nothing to do with," he said after catching Saturday night's opening of "The Boy Friend," Julie Andrews' directorial debut in Sag Harbor.

"I guess [they thought that] because I was on the front page."

A little more is available at Playbill.com and BroadwayonBroadway.com.

August 6

According to today's news, Nathan and Matthew Broderick are in negotiations to return to The Producers on Broadway (speculatively, starting New Year's Eve and going for three months). More at the New York Times, the Associated Press, Daily News and New York Post. Here's an August 12 article from News Day.

Nathan is still listed on the Huntington Theatre's schedule for Butley in January. More on this in the Boston Globe.


July 24

The 2002 Nicholas Nickleby film is now available on DVD. Click here to see more at Amazon.com.


July 17

The Actors Fund is holding an auction with many theatre memorabilia and one-of-a-kind items up for auction. One item is a Present Laughter Playbill autographed by Nathan. Visit www.auctionof1000stars.org to view all items (click on "Show me the Memorabilia for those items) - it's a great cause.


July 16

Nathan will open the return of Trumbo's open-ended schedule, at the Westside Theatre in New York, beginning August (Nathan remains in the role through September 21). Tickets on sale at Telecharge.com.

July 16

Voices for GildaNathan's "The King of Broadway," from The Producers cast recording appears on a new CD, "Voices for Gilda." This CD is a fundraiser for Gilda's Clubs, named in memory of Gilda Radner from Saturday Night Live who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. The CD is now being sold on Amazon.com The CD contains 14 great songs by singers including Elton John, Steve Martin, Tony Bennett, Victor Garber, Sarah McLachlin, Gene Wilder, and more.

July 1

Most of you probably noticed Charlie Lawrence did not air on Sunday. Here's more information on the series from the Daily News and more here.

June 27

Photos from the Hirschfeld Theatre ceremony.

June 25

More on Cabbages and Queens.

June 24

Photos are coming in from the Al Hirschfeld Theatre dedication. Here's one at Yahoo News.

June 23

Barney Frank on Charlie Lawrence, via Newsweek/CNN.

June 22

Nathan is no longer listed on the Hollywood Bowl as performing at the Hall of Fame concert on the 27th. They do say a special tribute to him will be presented.

June 17

The Huntington Theatre in Boston has announced that Nathan will play the title role in Simon Gray's Butley in January, 2003. Curiously enough, this play was announced with Nathan on the Roundabout Theatre schedule in 1993, but cancelled because of scheduling conflicts. More on the new production at the Boston Globe and Playbill.com.

June 15

Nathan is on the list of performers appearing for the ceremony to rename the Martin Beck Theatre. The new name, the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, honors the late illustrator who contributed so many drawings of Broadway shows and actors. The ceremony is being supervised by Jerry Zaks and is titled "100 Years of Al Hirschfeld - A Celebration." The event is open to the public and free. Tickets will be available on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 3:00pm on June 23 at the Martin Beck box office. More in this Playbill.com article.

June 12

Reviews of Charlie Lawrence are coming in:

June 10

Nathan was not at the Tony Awards as expected. But he might be in the U.K., preparing to appear in a new film called Cabbages & Queens.

Cabbages & Queens Update: Director John Henderson has had his movie Cabbages & Queens picked up for financing by AV Pictures. The movie will star Keri Russell, Nathan Lane, Darren Boyd, Emilia Fox, Greg Wise, Simon Callow, Joss Ackland and Brian Blessed. The movie has been written by Adrian Rigelsford and Kim Lamont. Producing are Gordon Anderson, David Kraftman and Adrian Rigelsford of London production outfit Banana Skin Productions with filming starting on June 30th in London. The comedy is billed as a "backstage romp through the London theatre world with a jewel heist thrown in for good measure."

And from ScreenDaily.com:

Recently-launched tax financier UKFS and sales agent AV Pictures have boarded Cabbages & Queens, a comedy drama set in the London theatre world starring Keri Russell (pictured), Nathan Lane, Darren Boyd, Emilia Fox, Greg Wise, Simon Callow, Joss Ackland and Brian Blessed.

Principal photography is scheduled to start June 30th in and around London with producing duties shared between Gordon Anderson, David Kraftman and Adrian Rigelsford of London production outfit Banana Skin Productions. John Henderson is to direct from a script by Rigelsford and Kim Lamont.

Brighton-based UKFS, which accesses UK tax breaks through Sections 48 and 42 along with overseas subsidies through a network of partners, is the main UK financier, with additional investment coming from private equity sources. Vic Bateman will oversee worldwide sales at AV Pictures.

June 3

According to Army Archerd (Variety), The Producers is planned to be turned back into a film (with Nathan and Matthew Broderick). Zap2it.com picked up an abbreviated version of the story.

May 29

More on the summer run of Charlie Lawrence. From this NY Post article:

And Lane is no longer available to revive "Charlie Lawrence" - not that CBS is asking.

"He's moved on," Lane's publicist said.

May 28

Charlie Lawrence will premiere on Sunday, June 15 on CBS at 8:30! No word yet on how many episodes will be presented.

May 28

Nathan is on the list of presenters for the Tony Awards Show, on CBS June 8 beginning at 8:00pm.

May 26

From the Boston Globe:

STAR TREATMENT: Will & Grace co-star Sean Hayes is poised to take his comedic talents to the big screen. The actor is entering final negotiations to join the cast of Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! for director Robert Luketic.

Hayes joins Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel, Topher Grace, and Nathan Lane in the project, which is filming in Los Angeles.

The romantic comedy centers on small-town grocery store clerk Rosalee (Bosworth), who wins a contest that gets her out of West Virginia to Hollywood for a date with a hot movie star (Duhamel). Once in town, she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with the hunk and her longtime best friend (Grace), a fellow clerk who has been in love with Rosalee since the sixth grade.

Hayes will star as Hamilton's manager alongside Lane, who plays his agent. Ginnifer Goodwin rounds out the cast.

May 19

Nathan will host tonight's Dramatist Guild benefit at 7:00pm at the Hudson Theater. Neil Simon will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Jerry Herman will receive the Frederick Loewe Award for Dramatic Composition. "Songs that didn't make it to Broadway" are featured, such as "It," dropped from Chicago, and "Penny in My Pocket," cut from Hello, Dolly.

May 6

Several news sources have reported Nathan and Matthew Broderick mentioning returns to The Producers (in London, New York, and Vegas) at the opening night of Gypsy. According to this story in the New York Times, they said:

... NATHAN LANE and MATTHEW BRODERICK walked the red carpet together. We know Mr. Lane was never shy, but it seems to us he and Mr. Broderick may have internalized their roles in "The Producers." Or maybe externalized them. Mr. Lane, for the television cameras, was ebullient; Mr. Broderick, who is, after all, a new father, somewhat somnolent.

"We're like the Lunts now," Mr. Lane was saying. "They want to see us again. `The Producers,' somewhere, sometime."

Where?

"I don't know," Mr. Lane said. "Maybe in London."

"Maybe here," Mr. Broderick said, finishing the thought.

They walked on.

May 5

Nathan has made several reappearances in The Play What I Wrote. As mentioned before, this show offers a surprise guest star in each performance, and the guests are not announced before the show.

May 2

There is a picture of Nathan and one of Nathan and Matthew Broderick at the Gypsy opening night party on Broadway.com (click through the photos to find them).

May 2

According to the NY Post's Michael Riedel, Nathan may be handing out the Best Musical award at this year's Tony Awards (June 8).

April 26

From Entertainment Weekly, May 2 issue, page 12:

It's been months since anyone's heard from the flamboyant politico with a loose tongue and coiffed hair - and we don't mean Trent Lott. After some fall hype, CBS hasn't set a starting date for "Charlie Lawrence", starring Nathan Lane as a gay actor elected to Congress. The sitcom was developed for mid-season, but there was evidently no hurry to schedule it - maybe because the pilot has such lame yuks as "I'd like to have a brief word with the majority whip- I've been a baaaad boy!" "we have six time periods for comedy", says Chris Ender, spokesman for CBS, which squeezed "My Big Fat Greek Life" into its midseason schedule before "Lawrence". "There simply isn't a place to put it right now" A summer run is likely, but that usually means the net's lost faith in a show. and the fall brings a new slate of comedies. Which is why some of "Lawrence"s lines now read more ironic than funny. When the congressman botches a speech, his chief of staff explains, "You're not a good enough actor for the job!" She said it - not us.
- Lynette Rice

There was also a similar blurb in TV Guide.

April 24

Nathan will participate in the "Laughter in the Movies" panel presentation at the Tribeca Film Festival on May 10. From the film festival website, it appears this event is already sold out.

April 18

Nathan will join the rotating cast of Trumbo in a one performance appearance on May 12 at the Westside Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St., NYC. More information at Playbill.com.

April 18

Nathan will be hosting Great Performances 30th Anniversary: A Celebration in Song on PBS. The show will look back at favorite singers from the series, including Julie Andrews, Andrea Bocelli and Liza Minnelli. It will be broadcast in NYC on Wednesday, May 7, at 8 p.m., but check your local listings.

April 11

Nathan will be hosting a BC/EFA benefit concert called "Eli's Comin' to Broadway: The Best of Yale A-Cappella" at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, Sunday May 4th, 2003 at 8:30PM. More information and tickets are available on the BC/EFA website.

April 9

From Reuters:

Nathan Lane Goes on 'Date'
Wed April 9, 2003 04:08 AM ET
By Zorianna Kit and Chris Gardner

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Nathan Lane has closed a deal to join Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel and Topher Grace in the romantic comedy "Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!!!"

The DreamWorks project, due to begin lensing in mid-May, centers on small-town grocery store clerk Rosalee (Bosworth), who wins a contest that gets her out of West Virginia to Hollywood for a date with the hottest, most eligible movie star (Duhamel).

Once in town, on what should be the typical publicity meet-and-greet, she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with the movie hunk and her longtime best friend (Grace), a fellow clerk who has been in love with Rosalee since the sixth grade.

Lane, who most recently starred on the big screen in United Artists' "Nicholas Nickleby," is set to play Hamilton's Hollywood power agent.

Australian filmmaker Robert Luketic ("Legally Blonde") will direct from a script by TV scribe Victor Levin.

April 5

A Letter to the Times from Nathan is in the April 6 issue, and online here (scroll down to view). The letter was in response to quotes from Cy Feuer in this article. [you must join the Times website to view those articles, but joining is free].

March 27

Army Archerd announced in his column:

Nathan Lane and Patti LuPone will be inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame on June 27. The evening benefits Music Matters, Keeping Music Education Alive in L.A.
Looks like tickets are available at the Hollywood Bowl site.

March 19

Nathan appeared last night as the surprise guest in The Play What I Wrote, a Broadway import from London directed by Kenneth Branagh. Each performance features a surprise celebrity guest. The guest may reappear for a repeat performance, but they are not announced ahead of time. Pictures at Broadway.com (click through past Liam Neeson) and more info at Playbill.com. And a picture from the opening night of the show at Playbill.com.

March 18

The Man Who Came to DinnerThe 2000 stage version of The Man Who Came to Dinner is now available on DVD and VHS.

March 13

Nathan is the scheduled guest at "Seth's Broadway Chatterbox" at Don't Tell Mama on Thursday, March 20 at 6:00pm. Host Seth Rudetsky has invited Nathan to share the three year anniversary of Chatterbox (two months late). For those who haven't been ... Seth hosts this live show each Thursday and invites a Broadway performer or two to talk, sometimes sing, and they all must suffer the viewing of a video of some early-in-the-career performance. Seth promises to talk about "Merlin"! Update: Article on Seth and his show.

The cost to attend is $10 plus a 2-drink minimum. You do need to make a reservation - call 212-757-0788 to do so. All proceeds go to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids. More info at the Chatterbox website, where tapes should be made available if you can pickup at Don't Tell Mama in NYC.

February 14

Excerpt from this NY Times article on upcoming Lincoln Center shows:

... the schedule for summer 2004 is murkier, but two major projects are moving ahead. The first is "The Frogs," a reimagining of Mr. Sondheim's 1974 farce musical about Dionysos, the Greek god of partying and the theater, heading into Hades to dig up the greatest playwright of all time to resurrect the world theater scene.

The musical's book, by Burt Shevelove, riffing on the ancient text by Aristophanes, has been adapted by Nathan Lane, who is expected to star; Mr. Sondheim is writing new songs as well. Susan Stroman, who did a little show with Mr. Lane called "The Producers," will direct. Early indications, from a private reading last month, are very good. Schedules, however, are tight, and Mr. Lane's new television show, yet to be broadcast, might complicate things further.

February 10

A Charlie Lawrence-related article in the NY Post: Nathan Lane Goes To Washington In The ...Best Tv Show You Can't See Quote:

I watched "Charlie Lawrence" the other day and found it hilarious. In fact, it could turn into the hit that has eluded Lane for years, if only CBS would get it on the schedule (a spokeswoman didn't know when that might happen).

And Fred Grandy is a Nathan fan - who knew?

February 6

From the NY Post: "HAVE a gay old time Saturday night [February 8] with Christopher Reeve and Nathan Lane at the Human Rights Campaign Greater New York Gala "honoring the generous work done on behalf of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community." Are we sure this event was adequately explained to Superman?" More info at HRC.org. Waldorf-Astoria, 301 Park Ave. between 49th and 50th streets; tickets $300 or $500, including VIP reception. Call (800) 494-TIXS.

January 16

Nathan is no longer on the list of performers for the Mack and Mabel concert on March 31.

January 12

Another great interview, this one in the Hartford Courant (thanks, Robin).

January 10

The Gay City News January 3-9 issue has a great interview with Nathan and photos from Nicholas Nickleby. The cover, interview ("Un Amour Fou") and pictures are all currently on their website. RottenTomatoes.com has NN's Tomatometer at 79%

There is an article at Playbill.com about Nathan and Charlie Lawrence. The TV show gets three out of four stars from Minneapolis Star Tribune writer Neal Justin:

Chuckles the clown

Nathan Lane returns to sitcoms in the likable "Charlie Lawrence" (***), in which a gay actor becomes a freshman congressman. I expected lots of gay jokes and below-the-belt humor, especially when the show starts off with Lawrence staring at the Washington Monument and saying, "Boy, that could give you an inferiority complex." While both are in abundance, there's a genuine sweetness at work here, and Laurie Metcalf as his bitter chief of staff does her usual stellar work. Mr. Lane, welcome to Washington.

Army Archerd reports Mel Brooks will be on Martin Short's show, Jiminy Glick in April.

January 7

According to this article in the L.A. Times,

"And what of "Charlie Lawrence"? There are seven episodes in the can of the sitcom starring Nathan Lane as an openly gay U.S. senator, but CBS is evidently not jazzed enough by the show to put it on the schedule. A network representative says it will air, but there is currently no place to put it."

The January 2nd Newsday has a little info and a picture.

In other news, UPI's Steve Sailer has chosen Nathan as the #1 Best Supporting Actor of the year, for his performance in Nicholas Nickleby.

January 5

This week's Entertainment Weekly magazine includes an article about Nathan and Charlie Lawrence. (thanks to katie)

January 4

The Conan O'Brien show appearance should be repeated on Comedy Central on Monday (the show is scheduled for 1:00pm and 7:pm - hopefully, it will be last night's episode).

December 22

There's an interesting article in today's New York Times, written by Nicholas Nickleby's screenwriter and director.

December 21

Nathan is scheduled to be on the Conan O'Brien show the evening of Friday, January 3 (it may air after midnight in your area, making it very early on Saturday the 4th).

December 20

The PBS version of The Man Who Came to Dinner, shown live from the stage of the American Airlines Theatre in October of 2000, will be released on DVD on March 18, 2003.

Also, the Sex and the City episode Nathan appeared in (last season's finale) will be rebroadcast on New Year's Day at 4:10 AM and 7:10 AM on HBO.

December 19

Apparently, Nathan was ill yesterday and unable to appear on the Conan O'Brien show. Hopefully, there will be a reschedule.

December 18

According to Playbill.com, Nathan will appear in the Gay Men's Health Crisis one night only benefit concert of Jerry Herman's Mack and Mabel on March 31 at the Lincoln Center.

December 15

From the NYtimes:
TUESDAY (12/17) - Seats at the New York premiere of the movie "Nicholas Nickleby," starring Jamie Bell, Jim Broadbent, Nathan Lane and Alan Cumming, will raise money for New Yorkers for Children, an organization that supports foster children in New York. The screening, at 7:30 at the Clearview Beekman Theater, 1254 Second Avenue (65th Street), will be followed by a cocktail party and buffet dinner at St. Bartholomew's Church, 109 East 50th Street, about 9:30. Tickets, $200, or $100 for children 12 and under, from (212) 685-1095.

December 13

Nathan is scheduled to appear on the Conan O'Brien Show on Wednesday night, December 18 (technically the 19th for many since it's on after midnight).

December 4

According to Variety, Nathan and Susan Stroman are working on a production of Stephen Sondheim and Burt Shevelove's The Frogs. A reading is planned for next month. Stroman will direct and Nathan will star (as Dionysos) and produce. The Variety site is member-only by email me if you would like the whole article. Nathan and Brian Stokes Mitchell recently made a recording of The Frogs.

December 4

The cast of Nicholas Nickleby has been recognized by the National Review Board with a "Best Acting by an Ensemble" award. The film opens December 27.

There will be a special screening of Nicholas Nickleby in NYC on December 13. You can find out more about this at the Barrowman Group site.

November 11

Nathan presented the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award to Lily Tomlin last week for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center at the Century Plaza Hotel. Pictures thanks to Brian - click to see larger version.

October 5

The Bravo Profile on Nathan Lane is currently scheduled to air Sunday, November 10 at 7:00pmET and later that night/early on the 11th at 1:30am.

October 1

Segments of the pilot episode of "Charlie Lawrence" have been reshot with Laurie Metcalf replacing Regina King. Marc Shaiman will be composing the brief theme song for the show.

August 22

TVTickets.com is handling the free audience tickets for taping/filming of "Life of the Party" (or "Charlie Lawrence," depending on who you listen to). Dates have been changing, so I suggest checking that site frequently.

August 10

Madame Tussaud's Unveils Wax Lane and Broderick on 42nd Street. What more can be said?

August 7

Apparently Nathan's appearance on Sex and the City involves the season finale (airing September 8, Episode #74: "I Love a Charade") and a wedding in the Hamptons (he's the groom), according to this article on an extra who plays the best man: Newsday "Extra-Best Man".

July 21

Here's a partial scan of the trade ad celebrating the end of principal photography on Nicholas Nickleby (click image for larger version). Thanks to Christopher-Plummer.com


July 15

Stuart Little opens today. The film is getting great reviews. Here are some excerpts of comments about Nathan's performance as Snowbell the cat:

NY Times:
What sets the "Stuart Little" franchise above most of the competition is its emphasis on sharply drawn character and its profusion of witty remarks (mostly from the mouth of Snowbell) that are cutting enough to amuse grown-ups without sailing over children's heads. In "Stuart Little 2," Snowbell has a bigger role than before, and that's all to the good. Bruce Joel Rubin, who wrote the screenplay for Part Two, has given this curmudgeonly feline even tangier quips than M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote the first movie. The relish with which Mr. Lane expresses his peevish character's quintessential cattiness makes Snowbell a true comic classic.

Houston Chronicle:
... it reminds us that Nathan Lane is the best show stealer in show business. He proved it in a brief bit on last spring's Oscar telecast, and he does so again voicing caustic kitty Snowbell in this sequel to 1999's Stuart Little.

CitySearch:
The Littles take a backseat to the animated hero, but Lane really gets a chance to flex his comic chops as the wisecracking Snowbell.

Salon.com:
As played by Laurie and Davis, his parents are warm and loving in a storybook way, but the movie knows when they get too sticky, and that's when Snowbell, the persnickety Persian (whose brilliant one-liners come to us by way of Nathan Lane), steps in for comic relief.

Chicago Sun-Times:
Lane does a virtuoso job with Snowbell, the only cat with dialogue by Damon Runyon.


July 15

On the Letterman show, Nathan confirmed his appearance in the upcoming Austin Powers movie and "The Lion King 3".

Here's a photo at Playbill.com of Nathan and Guys and Dolls costar Peter Gallagher.

July 11

  • Nathan has been added to the guest list for tomorrow's (July 12) Late Night with David Letterman Show.

  • In a special section on 'Gay Hollywood' in today's Variety, in an article on "New Fall Season Sees Fewer Gay Colors," there is a picture of the cast from the now titled "Charlie Lawrence" (was "Life of the Party").

  • Nathan is listed as singing the song "One" on the upcoming Stuart Little soundtrack (available July 16 at Amazon.com)

June 27

The Washington Post reports a rumor of a cameo appearance for Nathan in the upcoming film "Austin Powers in Goldmember" which opens July 26.

June 19

Army Archerd says Mel says that Nathan and Matthew will go to London with The Producers:

MAKE WAY FOR MEL BROOKS' "The Producers" on the road, in L.A., London and, of course, in N.Y. Just back from Italy, where he set-sided with wife Anne Bancroft as she co-starred in Showtime's "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone," Brooks was exuberant as he discussed plans for the road company of "The Producers" to bow Sept. 10 in Pittsburgh. Co-starring as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, respectively, are Lewis Stadlen and Don Stephenson. ... Brooks praised Stephenson as being like the Bloom of 30 years ago -- Gene Wilder. Angie Schnoor plays the statuesque "secretary" Ulla. The L.A. company bows April 30, and Brooks says he's delighted Jason Alexander and Martin Short want to play the leads. "They would be marvelous," said Brooks. As for the original co-stars, Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, Brooks says they will re-team on the London boards either in December 2003 or January 2004 for a six-month run …

June 5

Looks like "Life of the Party" has been picked up as a midseason replacement. From the Hollywood Reporter:

There is life for the Nathan Lane starrer "Life of the Party" at CBS. The network has given the project from 20th Century Fox TV and CBS Prods. a six-episode midseason order. The comedy, executive produced by Jeffrey Richman and Lane, centers on a former TV star (Lane) who becomes a congressman.

May 22

There are a few news stories already about Rosie's last show and Nathan's hilarious appearance. Try this one from AP, or Playbill's, and AP's photo.

May 15

Nathan will appear on the Rosie O'Donnell's Farewell show, May 22, with Christine Ebersole.

May 15

CBS has announced new shows for next season there is a mention of "Life of the Party" being a midseason replacement, but nothing firm yet.

May 8

This month on the Trio channel (May 12th, 20th, and 22nd):

Broadway Legends premieres on Sunday, May 12 at 8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT. This original, one-hour documentary, offers a captivating look at "The Great White Way" through the years as told by well-known actors, writers and producers whose lives were changed by the magic of the stage. Matthew Broderick (The Producers, Lost in Yonkers) hosts this remarkable tribute which features interviews with theatrical luminaries Lauren Bacall, Barbara Barrie, Brian Bedford, Kitty Carlisle, Hume Cronyn, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Fred Ebb, Julie Harris, Eileen Heckart, Celeste Holm, Anne Jackson, John Kander, Nathan Lane, Hal Prince, Jason Robards, Neil Simon, Stephen Sondheim, and Eli Wallach. Complementing the interviews are clips from many of theater's greatest moments including Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Waverly Gallery, The Iceman Cometh, The Member of the Wedding and Two Shakespearean Actors.

Trio is offered on some digital cable systems. More info at TrioTV.com

April 28

I've been told Nathan will make an appearance on the Food Network tonight at 10:00pmET and at 1:00amET (technically 4/29), at the very end of the one hour show "After Midnight: NYC". The show will be repeated on Saturday, May 4 at 5:00pmET and Sunday May 5 at 10:00amET.

April 15

Reports from the Life of the Party taping are glowing. The show was taped in digital HDTV. The 5-1/2 hour session covered a dozen scenes which worked out (or will, if there's final editing) to the 20-something minute pilot episode. The show sets up ex-TV star, new Senator Charlie Lawrence (Nathan) and his supporting cast, which currently include Regina King, Stephanie Faracy, Ted McGinley, and T.R. Knight. Hopefully, CBS will like the pilot and order at least a season of episodes.

March 26

Nathan is scheduled to appear on the Conan O'Brien show on April 1.

March 21

Ted McGinley ("Married... With Children") is joining the cast of "Life of the Party."

March 19

Nathan has been named as a presenter for the 74th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, this Sunday, March 24. The show will be televised on ABC.

March 17

AP story on the last Producers performance for Nathan and Matthew (for now), with a picture. And here's the NY Times report on the performance. Plus pictures at Broadway.com and Playbill.com. Plus one more: from E!Online.

March 17

"Teacher's Pet" continues to excel in the world of children's television. A few months ago the show won a BAFTA award (the U.K. equivalent of an Emmy) and it has now been nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of Best Children's Animated Series. The 29th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards presentation will be broadcast on CBS from Madison Square Garden on Friday, May 17 (9-11 p.m., ET). Visit the Teacher's Pet website for more information on the show (including Nathan singing the theme song).

March 16

The March 17 Sunday New York Times Arts & Leisure section has an article on Nathan and Matthew Broderick: "Exit the Stars of a Broadway Phenomenon," by Jesse McKinley. There are more photos in the print version. Click here for the online version (you must be a member at NYTimes.com, but it is free) which includes an audio clip, too.

March 11

Nathan recently took part in the "Mr. Abbott Award" ceremony honoring Susan Stroman. Pictures are available at Broadway.com.

March 7

From the NY Daily News:

"Nathan Lane will be playing Charlie Lawrence, a TV star-turned-congressman who happens to be gay in the CBS pilot ''Life of the Party.'' The show was created by ex-''Frasier'' writer Jeffrey Richam, and GLAAD media director Scott Seomin says, ''Charlie's sexual orientation is presented matter-of-factly. There's no dramatic 'coming out' scene. Both Nathan and the script are extremely funny.

Also, free tickets are available for the April 5 taping/filming of the pilot episode of Life of the Party in L.A. Visit TVTickets.com. Update: taping is now sold out.

March 1

Nathan will receive the Vito Russo Award, one of the 13th Annual GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards Presented by Absolut Vodka. The ceremony will take place on April 1 in New York City. From GLAAD.org:

Named after a founding member of GLAAD and author of "The Celluloid Closet," the Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly lesbian or gay entertainment or media community member for outstanding contributions in combating homophobia. Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane is one of Broadway's leading openly gay stars, having won acclaim for his roles in Terrance McNally's "Love! Valor! Compassion!," "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," "The Producers," and many other productions. In addition to his lead role in "The Birdcage," Lane has been featured in dozens of films and television series and has served as three-time host of the Tony Awards. Lane's candor about his identity as a gay man - both on and off-screen - has played a crucial role in increasing visibility and understanding of our community.

March 2

Jerry Zaks will direct the pilot episode of Life of the Party, Nathan's TV show to be produced by 20th Century Fox and CBS. Complete story from Playbill.com

February 28

The Producers cast recording and "making of the cast recording" video "Recording the Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks" have both won Grammy Awards.

February 19

On Monday, February 25, Robert Klein and Nathan Lane will be joined by Joy Behar, Peter Boyle, Mario Cantone, Rosie O'Donnell and Judy Gold at "Stand Up for Madeline and OCRF", an evening of laughter in tribute to Madeline Kahn on stage at the famous Caroline's on Broadway to raise money for The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. and will feature a pre-show cocktail hour followed immediately by performances from these comic geniuses.

Caroline's on Broadway is located at 1626 Broadway between 49th & 50th Streets in New York City. Tickets are $250 for Premier Seats and $150 for General Seats. To purchase tickets, please call (212) 268-0359 or email info@ocrf.org.

February 18

A late entry in BC/EFA's Broadway Bears Auction was a signed Producers bear. The bear, accompanied by six house seats, netted $16,000 toward the total $168,500 raised for BC/EFA.

February 10

Nathan is slated to appear in a new film version of Nicholas Nickleby. More information in this article from The Hollywood Reporter.

February 8

The "Seasons of Hope" amfAR BC/EFA benefit hosted by Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane raised over $600,000. More in this press release from amfAR.

Steven Weber is confirmed to replace Matthew Broderick in The Producers beginning March 19.

February 6

Producers casting news from the NY Times (including the speculation that Steven Weber will replace Matthew Broderick).

From Michael Musto's column in the Village Voice:

... I went behind the fun and asked Joyce Randolph—Trixie from The Honeymooners—about Rosie O'Donnell's gay pal Nathan Lane playing Jackie Gleason in that upcoming biopic. "He'll be wonderful, I guess," she said, containing herself. "And now Jim Carey is playing Art Carney and Sydney Pollack is involved. I thought it would be for HBO, but it's a big movie!"

February 5

Brit Henry Goodman named to succeed Nathan in The Producers on Broadway. More in this Playbill.com story.

February 4

"Nathan Lane has signed on to a comedy project at CBS from writer-producer Jeff Richman about a one-time TV star who lands on a much bigger stage in Washington when he wins a seat in Congress." Read more about Life of the Party.

January 24

This Variety article mentions more about the Jackie Gleason film project.

On the Conan O'Brien show on Wednesday, Nathan confirmed that he and Matthew Broderick will be leaving The Producers in March. Nathan is supposedly going back to a six performance week this week, with Brad Oscar taking over as Max on Wednesday matinees and Saturday matinees.

LVC Bear for BC/EFAOn February 10, Broadway Cares / Equity fights AIDS will hold their annual Broadway Bears Auction. This year's auction includes a Love! Valour! Compassion! bear signed by Nathan Lane, John Glover, and Stephen Bogardus. See a list of all the bears in this year's auction.

January 11

The Late Night TV page lists Nathan as a guest on the Conan O'Brien show on January 23 (with Shannon McNally).

January 10

Unconfirmed word has it that, after this week, Nathan will return to a six-show/week schedule that will not include Wednesday matinees and Saturday matinees.

January 4

Two Producers Grammy nominations: Musical Show Album (for the cast recording) and Long Form Music Video (for "A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks"). Grammy list here.

Nathan is one of many investors in a new restaurant, "Angus McIndoe," next to the St. James Theatre. A little more in this NY Times article.


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