Get to know Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick in ‘Plaza Suite’
The real-life couple are starring on Broadway for the first time in 27 years in the revival of the Neil Simon comedy.
Celebrity couple Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker might be one of the most bonafide "power couples" in the entertainment industry. They've been married for 25 years, and their starring roles in films, TV shows, and theatre have earned them a massive combined fanbase and worldwide name recognition. Now the pair are joining forces onstage for the first time in 27 years in the first Broadway revival of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite at the Hudson Theatre. The limited run of the play is scheduled to run through June 12. Plaza Suite tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide.
The classic 1968 farce is set in Suite 719 of New York's famed Plaza Hotel. Over the course of three acts, Broderick and Parker transform into a couple on the brink of divorce, a pair of former lovers tentatively reexploring their relationship, and anxious parents of an even more anxious bride. The happily long-married actors may not relate to their characters' problems, but their natural chemistry shines through each one nonetheless.
From their 1991 meeting at a theatre company to starring in Plaza Suite in 2022, Broderick and Parker's theatrical and romantic histories are inextricably linked. If you only know them from the screen, learn all about their long journey on the stage below, and make your reservations for Plaza Suite before the couple checks out of the Hudson on June 12.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick's film and television careers
Most people probably know and love Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City — a role that made her a household name and earned her two Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. She's also starred in numerous, often romantic/comedic movies like Failure to Launch, Honeymoon in Vegas, New Year's Eve, and Hocus Pocus.
Broderick also has his own diverse film and TV career, from his breakout title role in Ferris Bueller's Day Off when he was 23-years-old to films like the comedy The Cable Guy, the animated classic The Lion King, the war flick Glory, and more.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick met in the theatre.
Broderick and Parker's relationship is a banner example of an enduring "showmance." You may know the pair as Hollywood stars, but did you know they met through a theatre company? Sarah Jessica Parker's brothers, Toby and Pippin Parker, founded a theatre company called Naked Angels in 1986. Broderick was already a Tony-winning Broadway actor by then, but got involved with the new company to hone his craft. While there, Broderick met Parker in 1991. The rest is history.
The couple has amassed their own formidable roster of Broadway and Off-Broadway credits. Broderick earned a Featured Actor Tony Award (and became the youngest actor to do so) for playing Eugene in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues before he starred in the film adaptation. He'd first played the role in the prequel Brighton Beach Memoirs before it, too, was turned into a film. And Parker, a triple threat like her husband, has performed on Broadway in shows like Once Upon a Mattress and, as a child, in Annie as everyone's favorite redheaded orphan.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick performed onstage together for the first time in 1995.
Though Broderick and Parker didn't perform together at Naked Angels, it was only a matter of time before the theatre couple shared the stage. That time came in 1995, when Broderick headlined a Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as J. Pierrepont Finch. He departed the show a few months after winning his second Tony Award for the role — but then his soon-to-be-wife was cast as Rosemary Pillkington, Finch's love interest. Broderick made a four-month return to the show so he could star alongside Parker, marking the only time they'd star onstage together until Plaza Suite.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are married.
Broderick and Parker got married on May 19, 1997 after dating for six years. Fittingly for a couple who met in the theatre, they reportedly played plenty of show tunes at the wedding reception. Nearly 25 years later, their romance has brought them three children and countless other onstage and offstage successes.
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick star in Plaza Suite.
Broderick and Parker individually appeared on stage intermittently throughout the 21st century. Broderick spent more time at the theatre than Parker, as she focused on Sex and the City, her other film and TV roles, and her production company.
In 2020, they took the stage together for the first time since 1995, starring as the three couples of Plaza Suite in Boston. Those include Sam and Karen Nash, a long-married couple whose romance is dying; Jesse Kiplinger and Muriel Tate, old flames with different levels of interest in rekindling that spark; and Roy and Norma Hubley, parents whose daughter has locked herself in the bathroom just before she's due to get married.
Plaza Suite was supposed to make an immediate transfer to Broadway, but that engagement was postponed until 2022 due to the pandemic. Now, after two years, Plaza Suite is finally checking into the Hudson Theatre. Sex and the City fans, who know Parker as the perpetually single Carrie Bradshaw, will get to see her in a whole new light as she tackles three onstage romances with her real-life husband.
And whether you're a longtime fan of Broderick's landmark comedic career, from Ferris Bueller to The Producers to The Odd Couple, or have only seen his dramatic performances, you'll enjoy seeing him do what he does best in this farce.
It's been more than 25 years since Broderick and Parker last performed on stage together. Come for the world-class actors returning to their theatrical roots, and stay for plenty of laughs and plenty of love.