By Isa Goldberg
The giddy revival of Ben Hecht and Charles Macarthur’s The Front Page on
Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre is sheer entertainment, especially when
Nathan Lane, the tabloid publisher Walter Burns, arrives. A sheer force
of nature, Lane drives each scene with relentless energy and vigor, with the
cast of actors tightly on his heels. And what a cast it is!
John Slattery, Nathan Lane
With John Slattery of Mad Men fame as Burns’ muckraking reporter
and John Goodman as the inept police chief, Jefferson Mays as the germ phobic
and misplaced intellect, along with such legends as Robert Morse, Holland
Taylor and Sherie Rene Scott, the show is a riot.
Douglas W. Schmidt sets the stage beautifully with his design of the pressroom at
criminal court… seedy in spite of the dark wood, original moldings, and large
picture windows, which look onto the surrounding Chicago buildings. Within this
one setting, lighting designer Brian MacDevitt creates a variety of terse emotional
environments. Directed by the masterful Jack O’Brien, it’s worth catching.
The Front Page
The Broadhurst Theater
235 West 44th Street, between Broadway and 7th Avenue