Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre

BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, the first of THE Neil Simon PLAYS, directed by David Cromer, opened last night, Sunday, October 25th at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). BROADWAY BOUND will join BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS in repertory on November 18th, 2009. 

BroadwayWorld.com was there as the cast took their official first night bows!
 
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS originally opened on March 27th, 1983 at the Alvin Theatre and played for 1,299 performances.  (During the run of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, the Alvin Theatre was renamed TheNeil Simon Theatre).  
 
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS stars Laurie Metcalf (Kate Jerome) and Dennis Boutsikaris (Jack Jerome) with Santino Fontana (Stanley Jerome), Jessica Hecht (Blanche), Gracie Bea Lawrence (Laurie), Noah Robbins (Eugene Jerome) and Alexandra Socha (Nora).
 
BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS centers on young Jewish teen Eugene Morris Jerome and his extended family living in a crowded home in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn in the late 1930s: his overworked father, Jack; overbearing mother, Kate; his older brother Stanley; Kate's widowed sister Blanche and her daughters, Nora and Laurie.  As Eugene spends his time daydreaming about a baseball career, he must also cope with his family's troubles, his awkward discovery of the opposite sex and his developing identity as a writer.   
 
Scenic design is by John Lee Beatty, costume design is by Jane Greenwood, lighting design is by Brian MacDevitt and sound design is by Josh Schmidt and Fitz Patton.   Hair and wig design is by Tom Watson
 
THE Neil Simon PLAYS are produced by Ira PittelmanMax CooperJeffrey SineScott DelmanRuth HendelRoy FurmanBen Sprecher/Wendy FedermanScott Landis and Emanuel Azenberg
 
THE Neil Simon PLAYS will be performed in repertory on a varied schedule.  Visitwww.TheNeilSimonPlays.com for performance schedule and other information. 

Tickets are available online at www.TicketMaster.com, by phone at 212-307-4100 or at the Nederlander Theatre box office (208 West 41st Street).

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Opening Night of Neil Simon's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs' at the Nederlander Theatre

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
The Nederlander Theatre

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
The Neil Simon Plays on Broadway

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Opening Night Performance Curtain Call of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" at the Nederlander Theatre

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
The cast list of Opening Night Performance Curtain Call of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Opening Night Performance Curtain Call of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" at the Nederlander Theatre

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence and Alexandra Socha

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence and Alexandra Socha

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence and Alexandra Socha

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Alexandra Socha

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence and Jessica Hecht

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Jessica Hecht

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Jessica Hecht

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Dennis Boutikaris

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Dennis Boutikaris

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence and Santino Fontana

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Santino Fontana

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Santino Fontana

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Jessica Hecht

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Jessica Hecht

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Laurie Metcalf and Dennis Boustikaris

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence, Jessica Hecht and Laurie Metcalf

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Laurie Metcalf

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Laurie Metcalf

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Laurie Metcalf

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Laurie Metcalf and Noah Robbins

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Noah Robbins

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Laurie Metcalf, Noah Robbins and Dennis Boustikaris

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Noah Robbins, Dennis Boustikaris and Santino Fontana

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Jessica Hecht and Laurie Metcalf

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Laurie Metcalf and Noah Robbins

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence, Jessica Hecht, Laurie Metcalf, Noah Robbins and Dennis Boustikaris

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Laurie Metcalf and Noah Robbins

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Noah Robbins

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Noah Robbins, Dennis Boustikaris, Santino Fontana and Alexandra Socha

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence, Jessica Hecht, Laurie Metcalf and Noah Robbins

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence, Jessica Hecht, Laurie Metcalf and Noah Robbins

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence, Jessica Hecht, Laurie Metcalf, Noah Robbins and Dennis Boustikaris

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence, Jessica Hecht, Laurie Metcalf, Noah Robbins and Dennis Boustikaris

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Gracie Bea Lawrence, Jessica Hecht, Laurie Metcalf, Noah Robbins and Dennis Boustikaris

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre

Gracie Bea Lawrence, Jessica Hecht, Laurie Metcalf, Noah Robbins and Dennis Boustikaris

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre

Gracie Bea Lawrence, Jessica Hecht, Laurie Metcalf, Noah Robbins and Dennis Boustikaris

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre
Laurie Metcalf

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre

Laurie Metcalf

Photo Coverage: Neil Simon's BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS Opens at the Nederlander Theatre

Noah Robbins

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.