Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband of 22 years, Matthew Broderick, are taking to the stage together for the first time since before they got married.
The two are returning to Broadway in a revival of Plaza Suite in April 2020.
The famous pair last worked on Broadway back in 1996, when Sarah replaced Megan Mullally in How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway. They ended up getting married the next year and became parents to three kids: 17-year-old James and 10-year-old twins Marion and Tabitha.
While they are pretty shy about sharing details from their private life, their decades-long marriage is going strong.
In the play, they will play a “trio of couples in the three-act comedy — each act telling the tale of two characters exploring the conflict of their relationship in the same suite of the famed New York City hotel,” according to People.
Sarah Jessica described their decision to work together, saying that a “surprising, unexpected confluence of events came together and all of a sudden we were pondering this gorgeous, funny, not-seen-in-far-too-long Neil Simon play,” while Matthew added, “And there’s a feeling of tradition to it.”
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick met while they both were starring on Broadway in 1991. Sarah had recently ended a relationship with Robert Downey Jr., and one of her brothers introduced her to Matthew.
Matthew told YES Network that he definitely remembers when they met. He said, “I do remember first meeting her. … I still remember very clearly seeing her walk down the street toward the movie theater … it’s very unique, because I wouldn’t remember most people the first time I saw them come down the street. [But] I remember it as clear as day.”
Sarah believes that their marriage works partly because they share similar career values. She told Harper’s Bazaar, “Matthew and I come from a different time and place. When we were young people, all we ever wanted was to be good working actors. We didn’t think of fame or money because, honestly, money was never part of the dream. It was to work in theater, to be around those people whose work I was in total awe of.”
Despite their memorable first meeting, Matthew apparently let months go by before asking Sarah out for a date. In an interview with the New York Times, he said, “My memory is that literally months passed when I didn’t ask her for a date.” Sarah chimed in, “Your memory is correct.”
The two finally starred together for the first time in a revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Sarah told the Los Angeles Times that acting opposite her boyfriend was a challenge: “I’m so nervous acting opposite him. I don’t know how we’re going to manage this without laughing hysterically at each other. We do not discuss it.”
They got married the following year in 1996. They waited quite a while before having children, and their son James was born on October 28, 2002. She raved about the experience, telling The Edit magazine, per Hello!, “It’s the greatest! There is this suspended animation around [birth]: everything goes away; the entire world is sucked up; time suspends.”
Their twin daughters, Marion and Tabitha, were born on June 22, 2009. After struggling to get pregnant a second time, Sarah Jessica and Matthew opted to use a surrogate to carry their children. They kept this a secret, which Sarah explained, “We couldn’t talk about the fact that we were having children to anybody for sooo long. All the stuff that matters is secretive and worrisome. You can’t talk about how you feel about the woman who’s carrying your children; you can only talk about it to your husband.”
The couple has weathered their fair share of press — both positive and negative. Ahead of their anniversary this year, Sarah took to her Instagram account to address rumors that the couple were fighting. She told her followers, “Over a decade of the same untrue, disgraceful nonsense. As usual, days ahead of our anniversary on May 19th, The National Enquirer is making its annual best effort to fabricate and undermine, this time a blissful 4 days with my husband in London.”
She went on to share, “There was no ‘screaming match’ as alleged in a restaurant or on the street, nor was there a confrontation as alleged about his time in London. My children and I are enormously proud of the work he is doing.”
Fans of the couple and the theater alike are sure to be clamoring for seats to their upcoming production. This will be the first time a Neil Simon play has been produced on Broadway since the writer died in August 2018.