Stars of 'Will & Grace,' 'SNL,' 'Legally Blonde,' and more move into 'The Cottage' on Broadway

Get to know the starry cast of this new farce, directed by Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, about a flurry of infidelities coming to a head under one roof.

Joe Dziemianowicz
Joe Dziemianowicz

Ten years after premiering in Queens, the comedy play The Cottage makes its Broadway debut with a lot of talent under its roof. Director Jason Alexander, who’s famous for starring in the hit TV series Seinfeld, has assembled a cast of Broadway veterans and newcomers who know how to coax the most from a laugh line.

Inspired by stylish Noël Coward romantic comedies laced with infidelities, Sandy Rustin’s farce takes place in 1923 in the English countryside, where there’s a whole lot of cheating going on. Look around, and extramarital affairs are blooming as vibrantly as wildflowers. Luckily, the actors' offstage relationship is much less messy.

“It’s a really nice vibe. We’ve all got each other’s back,” said Laura Bell Bundy, who plays Sylvia, an unfaithful wife who plans to spill the tea about her affair to her husband and her paramour’s wife. “We have to. Every joke we have relies upon the other person.”

Every cast member has prior comedy chops, and you've probably seen at least one of these actors show them off on stage or screen. Meet the ensemble in residence at The Cottage, now at the Hayes Theater through October 29.

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Eric McCormack

McCormack is best known for his Emmy Award-winning title role as Will Truman on Will & Grace, but he’s in his comfort zone on stage. On Broadway, he has played Harold Hill in The Music Man and an ambitious senator in The Best Man. He even popped in for a guest star cameo in The Play What I Wrote.

Who he plays: Beau, who’s married to Marjorie

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Laura Bell Bundy

Bundy earned a Tony nomination for her starring role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical from 2007-2008. On Broadway, she also originated the role of mean girl Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray and took over the role of Glinda in Wicked. Off Broadway in 1992, she created the role of bad seed Tina Denmark in the camp musical Ruthless!, a role understudied by Britney Spears. She’s also got a music career and TV credits, including The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder.

Who she plays: Sylvia, who’s cheating with Beau

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Alex Moffat

Moffat may be new to Broadway, but not live performance — he is best known for his six-year run as a cast member of Saturday Night Live, where he created various characters, including The Man Who Just Bought a Boat. He also did starry impersonations of figures, including David Beckham, Prince William, and Kit Harington. The British accents no doubt come in handy now.

Who he plays: Clarke, who’s married to Sylvia

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Lilli Cooper

Cooper was most recently seen on Broadway playing a working-mom journalist in Selina Fillinger's farce POTUS. She earned a Tony nomination for the musical adaptation of Tootsie and has performed in Spring Awakening, Wicked, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Who she plays: Marjorie, who’s cheating with Clarke

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Nehal Joshi

Joshi was in the closing cast of the Broadway record-setter The Phantom of the Opera. Other credits include a mix of plays and musicals such as Gettin’ the Band Back Together, School of Rock – The Musical, All My Sons, and Flying Over Sunset. Talk about range!

Who he plays: Richard, who's divorced from Dierdre

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Dana Steingold

Before taking up residence in The Cottage, Steingold appeared as the scene-stealing, arrhythmia-ridden Girl Scout in Beetlejuice on Broadway. She also appeared on the hit miniseries Inventing Anna.

Who she plays: Dierdre, who's divorced from Richard

Top image credit: Dana Steingold, Laura Bell Bundy, Eric McCormack, Alex Moffat, and Nehal Joshi in The Cottage. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

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