NEW YORK – How do you follow a starring role on Broadway in "The Producers" (search)?
Matthew Broderick (search), who played Leo Bloom in the hit Mel Brooks musical, will go off-Broadway this fall. The 42-year-old actor will portray the title character in a revival of "The Foreigner," (search) Larry Shue's comedy about a shy, stressed-out Englishman who, while vacationing in rural Georgia, pretends he can't speak the language.
The production, to be directed by Scott Schwartz, will open Nov. 7 at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre. Preview performances begin Oct. 15. Additional casting will be announced.
The original "Foreigner" opened off-Broadway in November 1984 and ran for nearly two years. Shue, who died in a plane crash in 1985 at the age of 39, was in the production, which starred Anthony Heald as Charlie Baker, the tongue-tied foreigner.