Broadway.com has learned that Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, starring Tony winners Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, has found its Broadway home. The show, directed by Joe Mantello, will begin previews at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on October 4 in preparation for an October 27 opening.
The Odd Couple centers on a pair of mismatched roommates, one neat and polite, Felix Unger Broderick, and the other sloppy and crude, Oscar Madison Lane.
The comedy was a big hit when it opened on Broadway in 1965. That production ran 966 performances before closing on July 2, 1967. Simon later rewrote the play with female characters naming them Florence Unger and Olive Madison. The new version opened on the Great White Way in 1985 and ran over eight months. The original The Odd Couple was the source for a popular television series and film. In 2002 the Geffen Playhouse presented Oscar and Felix, A New Look at The Odd Couple, an updated take on the classic. There was talk that the production would transfer to New York, but it received mediocre reviews and never made it to the East Coast.
A spokesperson for The Odd Couple could not confirm the show's theater.