THE NEIL SIMON PLAYS Featured In Elle, The Washington Post & NY Magazine
Brighton Beach Memoirs, one of The Neil Simon Plays, opens this Sunday, October 25 at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street). The production, directed by David Cromer, has been making headlines.
Elle Magazine published an article in their November 2009 issue called 'Mr. Broadway' by Jesse Green. It begins:
"Shakespeare who? It's Neil Simon who's the most prolific Broadway playwright. His first outing, Come Blow Your Horn, was a hit in 1961, and his latest - revivals of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound, both playing now at the Nederlander - make for 40 shows in 48 years, That's more than 18,000 Broadway performances, including huge highs and, especially in recent years, corresponding lows. Clearly bringing back two of his best - funny but emotional tales of his own striving - is meant to reverse that. Now 82, Simon remains primarily a comic writer; he may yet het his last laugh."
The November issue is currently on news stands.
The Washington Post featured an article on October 18 called "Young Md. Actor Sails To Broadway's 'Brighton Beach' by Peter Marks.
It begins "For Noah Robbins, the shift in the universe happened on the escalator at the Tenleytown Metro station. He and his mom were on their way to Georgetown Day School for a rehearsal of "The Producers," in which he was playing a lead role.
As the stairs rose, his mother saw she had a cellphone message. When she returned the call moments later, the news took their breath away: Noah was going to Broadway."
Click on the following link to read the rest of the story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/17/AR2009101701970.html?sub=AR
New York Magazine ran a story in their Intelligencer section on October 11 called 'Broadway Bound'
It begins "Meet the new Eugene Jerome, Neil Simon's alter ego in the Brighton Beach Memoirs revival.
His name is Noah Robbins, he's 19, and he just moved to New York.
"I was accepted to Columbia a few days before I got this part, so, yeah, it was a good couple of days. But of course, being that it's Columbia, they told me, "You know, we actually have several other students who are on Broadway right now." I'm sort of a dime a dozen."
To read the full article click: http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/breaking/59905/
Brighton Beach Memoirs began previews on October 2 and opens Sunday, October 25. Broadway Bound begins previews on Wednesday, November 18 and opens Thursday, December 10. Starting on November 18, the two plays will be performed in repertory on a varied schedule at the Nederlander Theatre (208 West 41st Street).
Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound were two of the longest running Broadway plays of the 1980s. The works ushered in a new era of appreciation for Neil Simon, with praise for the playwright's hilarious and poignant account of his adolescence, early career and family life in New York in the 1930s and 1940s.
Brighton Beach Memoirs originally opened on March 27, 1983 at the Alvin Theatre and played for 1,299 performances. (During the run of Brighton Beach Memoirs, the Alvin Theatre was renamed The Neil Simon Theatre). Broadway Bound opened on December 4, 1986 at the Broadhurst Theatre, where it played for 756 performances.
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 will be performed in repertory on a varied schedule. Tickets are available at www.TicketMaster.com or 212-307-4100.