New in 2016 "Mad Men" star John Slattery and Tony winner Nathan Lane star as a newspaper reporter and his editor who chase the biggest scoop of their careers in a revival of this comedy classic.
From the producers: The press room of Chicago's Criminal Courts Building is buzzing with reporters covering the story of an escaped prisoner. When star reporter Hildy Johnson accidentally discovers the runaway convict, he and his editor Walter Burns conspire to hide the man from the other reporters, while they chase the biggest scoop of their careers.
"The Front Page" premiered on August 14, 1928 at the Times Square Theatre, in a production staged by George S. Kaufman. The play was heralded for its rapid-fire dialogue written by former newspapermen Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, and was one of four stunning and unprecedented hits in a row in the early career of its producer, the legendary Jed Harris.
John Slattery, who played the debonair partner Roger on the AMC series "Mad Men," portrays crack reporter Hildy Johnson. He appears opposite Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane ("The Producers," "The Addams Family") who will play his tough-as-nails editor Walter Burns. The cast also features an all-star supporting cast of award-winning actors including John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Sherie Rene Scott, Holland Taylor and Robert Morse.
Like a shot of adrenaline laced with laughing gas, Lane jolts the lopsided and longwinded 1928 chestnut wide awake. The only thing wrong with Lane's performance, which comes with his signature shtick, is that he doesn't arrive earlier. [The] production is handsomely gritty and well-dressed, but only really catches fire in the third act.
"The Front Page" is a peek into an old, dead world and what is revealed is not very pretty. The first act is excruciating to sit through...then Lane shows up with a glorious mustache and all is all right. You forget the feeling that not everyone in the massive cast was rowing in the same direction. You are watching a master at work and that's the headline, period.