Lilli Cooper, Laura Bell Bundy, and Eric McCormack Will Star in Broadway Comedy THE COTTAGE

Dan Meyer
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February 16, 2023 11:02 AM

A slew of Broadway celebrities are coming to town in a brand new play. Tony nominees Lilli Cooper and Laura Bell Bundy, and Emmy winner Eric McCormack, will star in Sandy Rustin’s The Cottage. In addition, Tony and Emmy winner Jason Alexander will make his Broadway directorial debut with this production. 

Previews begin July 7 at the Helen Hayes Theater ahead of a July 24 opening. The limited engagement is not a Second Stage Theater production. 

The farcical rom-com takes aim at the comedies of Neil Simon, Oscar Wilde, and other British playwrights. Set in the English countryside in 1923, it follows Sylvia Van Kipness as she decides to expose her love affair to her husband and her lover's wife. What follows is a twisty unraveling of secrets between two couples. 

Regional stagings have been seen at Theatre Aspen, The Engeman, The Barter Theatre, Queen's Theatre in the Park, and more. It was also recently workshopped by Manhattan Theatre Club. 

“To be a Broadway director doing a new and delicious comedy with a team and cast I adore is the definition of a dream come true. I am incredibly excited to bring this hysterical play to an audience that is ready to laugh and have a fantastic time,” said Alexander.

“What thrills me about crafting comedy for the stage is the secret magic conjured by playful collaboration – with the director, the actors, the designers, and, of course, ultimately the audience. I couldn’t dream of more perfect partners in magic making,” said Rustin.

The Cottage is produced by Broadway & Beyond Theatricals (Victoria Lang, Ryan Bogner, Tracey McFarland), Martian Entertainment (Carl White, Gregory Rae), and Cornice Productions (Eric Cornell, Jack Sennott). Broadway & Beyond Theatricals will executive produce and Martian Entertainment serves as general manager.

Additional casting and a creative team will be announced soon. For more information, click here.

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Dan Meyer

After 4 years in the biz, Dan swapped out theatre for sports and is now a researcher at NBC Olympics. Spectacle remains a key passion and is dedicated to building bridges between different forms of entertainment. He has worked as a writer and editor at Theatrely and Playbill, covering Broadway and beyond. In addition, he has been published in Rolling Stone, Spy, and others.

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