Friday, April 1, 2016

Good Old Reliable Nathan...

 Joseph Lane 
(who changed his name to Nathan, after a favorite "Detroit" character)
was born in Jersey City in 1956,
and made his Broadway debut in Private Lives 
(with George C. Scott, in a smashing smoking jacket, btw!)
in 1982. 
Success followed!
(Above with Mathew Broderick in The Producers.
We'll hear their duet, "Where Did We Go Right?")

 The Frogs, 2004...
Nathan collaborated with Stephen Sondheim,
helping to update the book.
He continued an association with Sondheim,
starring in a revival of Forum, workshops for Assassins
and Wise Guys (though it used to be called Road Show,
and before that Bounce.  Make up your mind!).
(Above, as Dionysus with umbrella drink. :)
 We'll hear "I Love To Travel" with Roger Bart.

 With Bebe Neuwirth in The Addams Family,
Nathan as Gomez Addams.
Despite Ben Brantley's (and others') dissing
("A tepid goulash of vaudeville song-and-dance routines, Borscht Belt jokes, stingless sitcom zingers and homey romantic plotlines")
Nathan (as usual) was lauded. 
 "When You're An Addams!"

Starting just this week,Nathan is back in It's Only A Play
written by Terrence McNally
(he was gone, but now he's back!).
Above, the opening night curtain call with
Rupert Grint, Stockard Channing 
(who's had WAY too much "work" done if you know what I mean), 
Mathew, and Megan Mullally.
Tickets are SELLING again.

From Timon to Estragon to Nathan Detroit,
and he's just hitting his 60s.

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