Three-time Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane and two-time Tony Award-winner Andrea Martin are coming to Broadway again. The duo will star in Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, a new comedy by Taylor Mac. The production, slated to begin performances at Broadway’s Booth Theatre on March 5, 2019 toward an April 11, 2019 opening, will be directed by five-time Tony Award-winner George C. Wolfe. The play picks up where William Shakespeare’s bloody play Titus Andronicus leaves off.
Nathan Lane holds two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his work playing Pseudolus in the 1996 Broadway revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Max Bialystock 2001 production of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. Last season, he won his third Tony Award, this time in the Supporting Actor category playing Roy Cohn in the acclaimed revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. Among his myriad Broadway credits, other roles include Love!, Valor! Compassion!, Guys & Dolls, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Man Who Came to Dinner, It’s Only a Play, The Nance, and The Front Page. Lane has made numerous television appearances including a starring role in the sitcom Encore! Encore! and his recurring guest spots as Pepper Saltzman on Modern Family and Clarke Hayden on The Good Wife. Film credits include The Lion King, The Birdcage, Jeffrey, Stuart Little, and The Producers.
Andrea Martin is no stranger to Broadway either, having won Tony Awards for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performances as Alice Miller in the 1992 Ahrens and Flaherty musical My Favorite Year and as Berthe in the Diane Paulus revival of Pippin. Other Broadway credits include Oklahoma!, Noises Off, Exit the King, Young Frankenstein, and Candide. Martin rose to fame as one of the original members of the comedy program Second City Television. She has appeared in the films Wag the Dog, My Big Fat Greek Wedding and its sequel, and has lent her voice to many animated films including Brother Bear 2, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Recess: School’s Out.
Taylor Mac, (who uses “judy,” lowercase sic, as a gender pronoun) is the conceiver/author/star of one of the most decorated and talked about American cultural events in recent memory, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, as well as the author of the acclaimed play, Hir, and a MacArthur Fellow. Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus marks Mac’s Broadway debut.
Santo Loquasto (scenic designer), Ann Roth (costume designer), and Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisnenhauer (lighting designers) compose the creative team for Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus. Scott Rudin produces.
“In Gary, Taylor Mac’s singular world view intersects with Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus Andronicus. In Mac’s extraordinary new play, set during the fall of the Roman Empire, the years of bloody battles are over. The civil war has ended. The country has been stolen by madmen, and there are casualties everywhere. And two very lowly servants – Lane and Martin – are charged with cleaning up the bodies. It’s only 400 B.C. – but it feels like the end of the world.”
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.