Matthew Broderick leads slew of Broadway winners in ‘Sylvia’ revival

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MANHATTAN – "Sylvia" is returning to the Broadway with three Tony winner taking center stage.

"I think the most exciting thing that I learned is that man and animal have a wonderful and mysterious unspoken language," Annaleigh Ashford, star of the Showtime hit "Masters of Sex," said.

"I've been taking agility obedience and shepherding class. So if anything I get a better trained dog, my dog is a sassier girl."

This Tony winner is back on stage playing the title role of Sylvia, a captivating canine who befriends a New Yorker and changes his life.

"It's like love at first site," Asford said.

That New Yorker played by Matthew Broderick has a very close connection to this play.

"I saw the play when it was first done with Sarah Jessica, my wife," Broderick said.

That was 20 years ago. Sarah Jessica Parker played the role of Sylvia and used his dog "Sallie" for some four-legged inspiration.

"She thought my dog suited the part of the dog," Broderick said. "She didn’t grow up with dogs. Sallie was a very expressive dog and seemed to fit perfectly."

It's a story about a couple of empty-nesters who move back to the city for a fresh start, but, the nest doesn't stay empty too long after meeting Sylvia in Central Park.

"He gets really attached to the dog," Broderick said. "Gurney said it's all based on him when he was in the city he's from Buffalo and Baltimore and  he learned about New York City from walking this dog."

"Its  kind of strange, clearly there is a talking dog in it,"  said Julia White, who plays Broderick's wife.

She says audiences are share to lap it up.

"It takes a turn at the end where it's like 'Oh, my god'," White said.


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