Nathan Lane to play US President on Broadway

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Out actor Nathan Lane has been cast as the President of the United States in David Mamet’s November, a new political comedy that touches on civil marriages, gambling casinos, lesbians, American Indians, presidential libraries, questionable pardons and campaign contributions.

The play, directed by Joe Mantello, begins previews on December 20th at the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway and will open on January 17, 2008.

Is is the first Mamet play to premiere on Broadway since Speed-the-Plow, which starred Ron Silver and Madonna and was produced by Lincoln Center Theatre at the Royale in 1988.

November is said to chronicle the chaotic days preceding an election from the viewpoint of incumbent U.S. President Charles Smith (Lane).

Joining Lane in the five-character play will be Laurie Metcalf of Roseanne fame and Dylan Baker, whose credits include the indie cult hit Happiness and the Spider Man movies, in which he plays Doctor Curt Connors.

Director Joe Mantello previously directed the Tony Award-winning 2005 revival of Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross and won a Tony for the presidential-themed musical Assassins.

He previously directed Lane in The Odd Couple and Love! Valour! Compassion!

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