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‘The Front Page’ Broadway show to star Nathan Lane, John Slattery

Nathan Lane will star as Walter Burns in

Nathan Lane will star as Walter Burns in "The Front Page," returning to Broadway in its sixth version in October. Credit: Getty Images / Bryan Bedder

The comedy classic “The Front Page” will mount its sixth Broadway production this October, starring Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman.

Producer Scott Rudin announced Tuesday that after previews beginning Sept. 20, the much-adapted Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur play about cynical reporters covering the escape of a condemned prisoner will run a limited engagement from Oct. 20 to Feb. 5, 2017. A theater has not yet been named.

“Mad Men” star Slattery plays star reporter Hildy Johnson, who, with his blustery, manipulative editor Walter Burns (Lane), must hide the innocent prisoner from the other reporters in Chicago’s Criminal Courts Building, in order to interview him for the scoop of their careers.

John Goodman plays the sheriff who helped railroad the prisoner, with Sherie Rene Scott as prostitute Mollie Molloy, Rosemary Harris as Hildy’s future mother-in-law, and Jefferson Mays as rival reporter Bensinger, with additional casting to be announced.

The play debuted in the 1928-29 Broadway season and was adapted into a 1931 movie starring Pat O’Brien as Hildy and Adolphe Menjou as Burns. Its best-known film version, “His Girl Friday” (1940), starred Rosalind Russell as Hildy and Cary Grant as Burns, adding a romantic subplot. Broadway productions were mounted again in 1946, 1969 (twice, with a two-month run followed by a return engagement three months later) and 1987. Further TV and film adaptations were produced from the 1940s to the 1980s.

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