Matthew Broderick

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Matthew Broderick in Sylvia

Opening Cort Theatre Previews from Oct 02, 2015 Opening Night Oct 27, 2015.

 

Matthew was born March 21, 1962.  His roles include the title character in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off(1986), the adult voice of Simba in The Lion King trilogy (1994-2004), and Leo Bloom in the Hollywood and Broadway productions of The Producers.

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Broderick has won two Tony Awards, one in 1983 for his featured role in the play Brighton Beach Memoirs and one in 1995 for his leading role in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He was also nominated for the Tony Award, Best Actor in a Musical, for The Producers but lost to his co-star Nathan Lane. As of 2015, Broderick is the youngest winner of the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Broderick’s first major acting role came in an HB Studio workshop production of playwright Horton Foote’s On Valentine’s Day, playing opposite his father, who was a friend of Foote’s. This was followed by a supporting role as Harvey Fierstein‘s gay adopted son, David, in the Off-Broadway production of Fierstein’s Torch Song Trilogy; then, a good review by The New York Times theater critic Mel Gussow brought him to the attention of Broadway. Broderick commented on the effects of that review in a 2004 60 Minutes II interview:

Before I knew it, I was like this guy in a hot play. And suddenly, all these doors opened. And it’s only because Mel Gussow happened to come by right before it closed and happened to like it. It’s just amazing. All these things have to line up that are out of your control.

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He followed that with the role of Eugene Morris Jerome in the Neil Simon Eugene Trilogy including the plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues. His first film role was also written by Neil Simon. Broderick debuted in Max Dugan Returns (1983). His first big hit film was WarGames, a summer hit in 1983, in which he played the main role of David Lightman, a Seattle teen hacker. This was followed by the role of Philippe Gaston in Ladyhawke, in 1985.

Broderick returned to Broadway as a musical star in the 1990s, most notably with his Tony Award winning performance in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and his Tony Award nominated role in the Mel Brooks’ 2001 stage version of The Producers; in the latter production, he played Leopold “Leo” Bloom, an accountant who co-produces a musical designed to fail, but which turns out to be successful. Broderick reprised the role in the 2005 film adaptation of The Producers.

Broderick reunited with his co-star from The Lion King and The ProducersNathan Lane, in The Odd Couple, which opened on Broadway in October 2005. He appeared on Broadway as a college professor in The Philanthropist, running April 10 through June 28, 2009. He returned to the Broadway stage in Spring 2012 to star in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. Matthew returned on Broadway in 2014 with the Big Hit ” Its only a Play” with Nathan Lane, F Murray Abraham, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally and Micah Stock and in 2015 in Sylvia with  Annaleigh Ashford, Robert Sella and Julie White.

See more of Matthew at TheatreGold DataBase 

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