The Emmy Award-winning actor has teamed up with the former Cheers star to play Gomez and Morticia Addams in an upcoming musical production based on the kooky family, who were first immortalised in Charles Addams' comic strip and then in a TV show and movie series.
The show, which debuted in Chicago, Illinois last year (09), is slated to open on Broadway in April (10), but tabloid reports are already speculating about problems among the cast.
New York Post columnist Michael Riedel recently claimed Neuwirth was left fuming after her part was allegedly reduced, while the paper's Cindy Adams also commented on the pair's "frosty" relationship.
But Lane is adamant rumours of a rift are untrue. He tells Nymag.com, "I was told Cindy Adams reported that we had a frosty relationship. And then Michael Riedel picked up on that. The most shocking thing about that is that Cindy Adams is still alive. God bless her, still trying to stir it up, and I wish her well. But it couldn't be further from the truth."
Neuwirth adds, "I think we both have a nice, healthy dose of diva. But we also do really go together. You've got the little clown running around, and you have a very still, dry person. That's a fun pairing."
The Star Wars actress recently ended her run on the New York stage in her one-woman show Wishful Drinking, which is based on her book of the same name about her early struggles in Hollywood.
But Fisher has now become entangled in an ugly dispute with her producer, Jonathan Reinis, who she claims owes her $60,000 (£37,500) for her time in the show. She also alleges he failed to keep a promise to move the production from the non-profit Studio 54 theatre, which is owned by the Roundabout Theater Company, to a "first-class Broadway house" at the end of last year (09).
In an email to New York Post columnist Michael Riedel, Fisher writes, "As you can imagine, Jonny seems to be a bit cranky, which I figure is why he still hasn't paid me the remaining money he owes me. For whatever reason, (he) was unable to get (the move) done. I don't know why, since I was told there was plenty of theatre availability. So, his rights reverted back to me under our contract.
"Trust me, there are a lot of things in the contract I wasn't thrilled about. But I fulfilled my obligations, didn't miss one show and made a lot of money for my producer - from which I'm assuming he ultimately plans on making a donation to the Roundabout Theater Company. This isn't the first time I've had to force Jonny to fulfil his obligations under our deal. I hope he'll comply in this circumstance soon. This whole thing doesn't have to get ugly."
Reinis' attorney, Ronald Feiner, has responded to Fisher's claims, contending the Studio 54 theatre is a "first-class" Broadway house because shows performed there are eligible for Tony awards.
Feiner also insists Fisher should be grateful to Reinis for the play's success and alleges the actress is the one who hampered the production, by failing to agree to a tour.
He adds, "(My client) should not be dismissed by Carrie Fisher in this way. He took her show from nothing - it had no sets, no video, it had nothing - and turned it into a hit.
"It is our belief that she owes us a substantial amount in lost profits from what could be a lucrative tour. We have offers from Australia, Canada and theatres around the United States, but we are unable to close the deal because she will not perform the show."
This week it was revealed the show, which will star Evan Rachel Wood and feature music written by U2, had been put on hold for financial reasons.
The news prompted rumours on Wednesday (12Aug09) that the cast and crew had been released from their contracts and the whole musical axed.
New York Post columnist Michael Riedel wrote, "Now comes word that the actors have been released from their contracts, with no incentive (i.e., money) to hang around waiting for the production to get back on track.
But a spokesperson for the production has reassured WENN the show will go on as planned: "Hello Entertainment is aware of the speculation about the future of Spider-Man on Broadway and is re-confirming that the plan is to resume production shortly and preview on February 25th, 2010 at the Hilton Theatre when cash flow issues have been resolved.".