Two Cases of Laryngitis

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Nathan Lane's case of laryngitis has caused an interruption of the Broadway production of the Odd Couple which he is starring in with Matthew Broderick. Lane isn't the only one who has lost his voice.

JOHN YDSTIE, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm John Ydstie.

Nathan Lane was stricken with laryngitis this week, which forced the cancellation of three performances of the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple." Nathan Lane plays the messy Oscar Madison opposite Matthew Broderick, who portrays the fussy Felix Unger.

But to avoid to avoid disappointing weekend audiences, the producers are flying in Brad Garrett, who is probably best known for his role on television's "Everybody Loves Raymond."

Mr. Garrett played Murray, The Cop, when the revival opened but left the cast this month. Maybe he got tired of playing police parts for laughs.

We have a vaguely similar situation this weekend. Scott Simon has laryngitis. But you just can't cancel a news program, which is why I'm hosting the show. Scott will make a cameo appearance, however, when we run an interview he did earlier this week when his voice was a little better.

Nathan Lane is expected to return to the stage on Tuesday. When can we expect you back, Scott?

SCOTT SIMON, host:

Well, next week is my intention. But I can tell we're going to have to get the Pittsburgh Steelers in here to pry you out of that chair.

(Soundbite of laughter)

YDSTIE: Coming up, how do you say ukulele in Japanese and how do you play it? Stay tuned, Scott.

(Soundbite of song, 'Odd Couple Theme')

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