Everyone knows Matthew Broderick is a star of stage and screen. Movie buffs remember his late father, James Broderick, too.
On Friday in Morristown, Matthew’s big sister showed she’s no slouch, either.
Janet Broderick, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, held her own in a reading of Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory before about 250 people who came out in single-digit weather to pack the church’s Great Hall.
She animated the kindly old lady who bakes holiday fruitcakes and shares assorted adventures with a boy named Buddy, read by Matthew Broderick.
Adapted by Beth Sanford, the piece was directed by Tony-winning director Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful).
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This time, she tapped her family’s history. One of her cherished Christmas memories from childhood is her dad’s Christmas Eve production of A Christmas Memory at Houston’s Ally Theater.
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Friday’s presentation (actually, two shows; a second one was for St. Peter’s parishioners) was intended for before Christmas. Scheduling conflicts pushed it to the Twelfth Day of Christmas.
“She did awesome!” Madison resident Andrea Alrefaai said of the minister’s performance, in a role played by Geraldine Page and Patty Duke on TV versions.
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Alrefaai also was pretty excited about sitting five feet from Tony winner Matthew Broderick, star of The Producers, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Glory and, of course, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — which her 15-year-old son, Mohamed, has enjoyed.
“I felt more comfortable than I thought I would” around such a star, said the teen, who brought his girlfriend Aniela Van Es.
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They may have been more at ease than the co-star, as it turned out.
While the audience cheered at the end of the 45-minute reading, Janet Broderick whooshed off the tiny stage — leaving Matthew to give a congratulatory kiss to her jet stream.
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