A lot of great things get better with age. Fine wine. Cheese. Actresses. Meryl Streep on “Big Little Lies” and Jessica Lange on “American Horror Story” are doing some career-best work — and so are Annie Golden and Anne L. Nathan, who share the leading role in “Broadway Bounty Hunter.” The celebrated actresses have been on Broadway in some of the Great White Way’s biggest hits – “The Full Monty” and “Assassins” (Golden), “Thoroughly Modern Mille” and “Once” (Nathan) – and now as “women of a certain age,” or so the opening number goes, they’re stepping into the leading lady spotlight.
Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin, and Jason “Sweettooth” Williams wrote the show, which follows a formerly famous, now-struggling actress who is recruited to as a bounty hunter, for Golden, whom Iconis first worked with in college when she appeared in his thesis musical. (That show, “The Black Suits” went through many iterations, and Golden proudly proclaims, “No one has ever done Mrs. Werring but me.”)
Golden played the title role in “Bounty Hunter” at Barrington Stage Company in 2016, and returns to the titular role at the Greenwich House Theatre through Sept. 15. Nathan takes on the role every Saturday matinee. Nathan met Iconis at Barrington years earlier through her work with William Finn, who produces the musical theater lab, and she has been eager to join Iconis’s family band ever since.