The Starry Messenger - NY Times reports that The New Group are to present Kenneth Lonergan's play, starring Matthew Broderick



The New York Times reports that the Off-Broadway theatre company, The New Group, will present the world premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's The Starry Messenger, starring Matthew Broderick as part of the theatre company's 2009 - 10 season.

The Starry Messenger: 'Mark,' (Matthew Broderick) works at the Hayden Planetarium, finds his life is turned upside down by a single young mother.

The play has had a long road to its world premiere. It was to have had a pre-Broadway try out at the Old Globe in early 2007, before a Broadway production by the Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) in early 2007. The Old Globe production did not happen due to the playwright having to commit his time to his film, 'Margaret,' and the MTC cancelled due to "scheduling conflicts." Matthew Broderick was set to star in both productions.

The same reports announced that The New Groups 2009 - 10 season will also include a revival of Sam Shepard play A Lie of the Mind, directed by Ethan Hawke, and the new musical The Kid by Michael Zam, Jack Lechner, and Andy Monroe, which is based on the Dan Savage memoir �The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant.�

There has been no official confirmation