Thursday, February 22, 2024

Matthew Broderick Will Replace Harry Connick Jr. In Gershwin Musical

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One of the big topics last night at the Tony Awards: word that Matthew Broderick will replace Harry Connick, Jr. in a long planned “new” Gershwin musical. “Nice Work If You Can Get It” was announced a couple of years ago as a project for now newly minted Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, director of “Anything Goes.” Marshall left the project at one point, but now I’m told she may be back in. This is considered a “new” Gershwin musical because, like “Crazy for You,” it’s assembled from Gershwin songs with a new book. Originally Connick was going to play the lead. But I was told last night by several sources that Matthew Broderick, so great in “The Producers” (Tony nomination) and many other shows, is replacing him. More info as it comes, but expect “Nice Work” for next year’s Tony Awards….And one nice thing for Matthew: he was denied a Tony for “The Producers” because Nathan Lane was partnered with him and the more flamboyant role of Max Bialystock. Broderick was just as good. This time, he’ll have a clear shot.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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