Thursday, September 10, 2009

Neil Simon Plays Broadway Once More

Two Neil Simon Classics Arrive this Fall at the newly refurbished Nederlander Theater on west 41 st Street in New York City. And boy am I glad. I was always one of those die hard Neil Simon fans. Whether it was one of his outrageously funny films, one of his many hysterical Broadway comedies or my favorite of all-time, television's The Odd Couple with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, I'm proud to say I have seen lots of Mr. Simon's comic creativity.

And this time around, we get to see two of Mr. Simon's classic comedies playing in repertory for the very first time. They are Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound. These comedies are "semi-autographical" and are part of an original trilogy of Mr. Simon's works of many years ago.

With preview performances playing from October 2 through October 24, 2009, Brighton Beach Memoirs will open officially to critic's reviews on October 25, 2009. Soon after Broadway Bound, the 2nd show, will play previews from November 18 through December 9, 2009 with opening night on December 10, 2009. And as soon as Broadway Bound begins its previews, it looks like Brighton Beach Memoirs will still play a few performances a week while Broadway Bound continues its run.

I've seem both shows several times when they originally played on Broadway. They are very funny comedies indeed.

Brighton Beach Memoirs tells the story of a teenager called Eugene Morris Jerome and his family from Brooklyn New York circa 1937. It's a great story about a typical average family and the struggles of teenage kids growing up and learning about life ( to say the least) as well as their parents and relatives who come to live with them.

Broadway Bound starts out where Brighton Beach Memoirs leaves off but we move a dozen years ahead in time. Just like our very own families, we find the Jerome family has experienced many changes of their own. Still the family ties remind us of how the Jerome clan ties seem to remain very close.

The cast of nine includes some Broadway veterans like Laurie Metcalf (who plays the role of Kate Jerome). Miss Metcalf has played Broadway before and is one of the original members of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, now playing over 33 years. She has received a Tony Award nomination for her role in November, a David Mamet play, 3 Emmy Awards and appeared in many popular films over the years. I can't wait to see Laurie back on Broadway. Dennis Boutsikaris plays the father Jack Jerome. He has played on Broadway in Amadeus, Filumena and Bent and has lots of Off Broadway credits to his resume. His list of other credits include television movies, TV series, some big screen films and has narrated over 60 audio books as well. He even received 3 Audie Awards for this work too. Rounding out the cast for these two shows are Santino Fontana, Jessica Hecht, John Grisetti (who plays Eugene Morris Jerome and makes his Broadway debut in Broadway Bound), Gracie Bea Lawrence, Allan Miller, Noah Robbins (who plays Eugene Morris Jerome in Brighton Beach Memoirs) and Alexandra Socha.

Neil Simon, the playwright for these 2 great comedies has written dozens of comedies. His work will live on forever I'm sure. David Cromer directs these shows. Mr. Cromer has directed on Broadway, Chicago and been involved in regional theater as well.

If you love Neil Simon's work the way I have or if you don't know it well, you may want to take a chance and get some tickets to both of these shows. If you think you might want to see one or both of these shows, you can call the friendly Broadway Ticket Experts at Applause Ticket Agency in New York.

Applause has been around over 21 years now. They are great at scoring tickets to Broadway Shows and for a limited time are offering its customers tickets at Below Face Value for these two shows. Simply call Applause and ask for the Brighton Beach Memoirs or Broadway Bound ticket deals. You'll be so happy you saw these funny shows, and saved lots of money as well.

I hope you found this information helpful. Oh yes, you might want to mention that the Broadway Ticket Man sent you. That's me of course.

Best regards,
Rich Gladstone
Applause Theater Service
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