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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-02-14

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on Sex and the City,
with 20 fresh episodes
set to air in June.
Broderick has no
plans beyond the
motion picture, but
he would rejoin the
cast of The Producers
on Broadway for an
indefinite run if the
opportunity present-
ed itself.
The man who
turned down Family
Ties (1982-89) —
before it made Michael
J. Fox a star — does
not see a television
series in his future.
"I have nothing
against TV, but I'm
enjoying doing
Broadway and movies
rather than signing
up for a minimum of
five years to do a
show," he says. "I'm
Matthew Broderick, starring in 'Meredith Willson's
scared of being tied
The Music Man" would go back to his Broadway role as
up that long for any-
Bloom in "The Producers" if the opportunity presented itself.
However, it doesn't
mean that he will turn down a good
television project when one comes
Varied Career
along, such as Meredith Willson's The
Born and reared in New York City,
Music Man, which was produced by
Broderick decided to follow in his
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the
father's footsteps at the age of 17, pass-
team that recently delivered the movie
ing up college for Greenwich Village
version of Chicago.
drama workshops.
Broderick stars as the con man
He quickly made his mark in the
"Professor" Harold Hill, who falls in
early '80s playing Jewish characters in
love with Marian Paroo (Kristin
the off-Broadway production of Torch
Chenoweth), the comely librarian of
Song Trilogy, and then on the Great
River City, Iowa.'
White Way in such fare as Brighton
The Toronto-based production fea-
Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues (he
tures Jewish actor Victor Garber as
reprised his roles in the movie ver-
Mayor Shinn, Molly Shannon as
sions). War Games (1983) marked his
Eulalie Shinn and Debra Monk as
entry in the film business, soon fol-
Mrs. Paroo.
lowed by Max Dugan Returns (1983)
The teleplay is based on the original
and Ferris Bueller's Day Off(1986).
1957 Broadway musical starring
Glory (1989) and The Freshman
Robert Preston as Hill, who reprised
(1990) still loom large among his
his role in the 1962 feature film ver-
screen-credits. And when the time
sion and led the cast with such classic
comes, Broderick doesn't mind passing
hits as "76 Trombones," "Til There
the acting torch to his son and creat-
Was You," "Gary, Indiana" and
ing a family dynasty.
"Of course, if James has any
"I watched his movie about 30 times
respect for me at all, he should wait
to figure out what to do and not to
until I die so we don't compete for the
do," Broderick says, laughing.
same roles," he laughs.
"Preston had already been around a
"Seriously, I'd be very happy for him
long time when The Music Man came
to do anything he wants to." El
along to create the perfect meeting of
a man and a role — he is forever the
gold standard for the Harold Hill part.
Meredith Willson's The Music Man
"I do it as best as I can, but I realize
airs 7-10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16,
that, in a way, I'm playing Robert
on ABC.

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