Neil Simon News

Date of Birth: July 04, 1927 (89)
Birth Place: Bronx, NY, USA
Gender: Male
BWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE Leads Off the Next 50 Years at Chaffin's BarnBWW Review: THE ODD COUPLE Leads Off the Next 50 Years at Chaffin's Barn
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 15, 2017

Nashville's historic and iconic Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre - now led by Norma Luther, the gracious and charming new owner - launches its second half century on the venerated chow and bow circuit with a sparkling new revival of Neil Simon's equally historic and iconic The Odd Couple, now onstage through February 12. Directed by longtime artistic director and the doyenne of Music City theater, Martha Wilkinson, this iteration of Simon's hilarious play about two mismatched friends who attempt to navigate the waters of post-divorce life together is performed by a stellar cast of local actors who breathe new life into their characters and somehow manage to give audiences a fresh perspective on the enduring comedy. (more...)

Swing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTANDSwing-Fueled Cast, Creative Team Complete for Broadway's BANDSTAND
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

The producers of the new musical Bandstand, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and featuring music by Richard Oberacker and a book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker, have just announced compete casting and an award-winning design team. (more...)

Photo Coverage: NOT THAT JEWISH Celebrates 100th Performance at New World StagesPhoto Coverage: NOT THAT JEWISH Celebrates 100th Performance at New World Stages
by Walter McBride - Jan 12, 2017

Earlier today, Monica Piper, star and creator of Not That Jewish, and company members celebrated their 100th performance at New World Stages. BroadwayWorld was on hand for the special occasion and you can check out photos below! (more...)

Modern Day Fable THE GRAVEDIGGER'S LULLABY to Premiere at TACTModern Day Fable THE GRAVEDIGGER'S LULLABY to Premiere at TACT
by BWW News Desk - Jan 12, 2017

TACT has announced that the 2016 - '17 season will continue with the World Premiere of The Gravedigger's Lullaby, a play that arrives on the Mainstage by way of the company's 2015 newTACTics New Play Festival where it was workshopped and developed.  (more...)

Fall in Love All Over Again with Neil Simon's LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERSFall in Love All Over Again with Neil Simon's LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS
by BWW News Desk - Jan 11, 2017

Walnut Street Theatre's 2016-2017 Independence Studio on 3 season continues with one of Neil Simon's funniest plays, Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Philadelphia audiences will be the first to see this production before it becomes the seventh national tour of a Walnut Street Theatre production. Directed by Adam Immerwahr, Last of the Red Hot Lovers begins previews in Philadelphia on January 10th, opens January 12th and continues through February 5th. This production is part of a double feature of Simon's work at the Walnut, as Laughter on the 23rd Floor will begin performances the on the Mainstage on January 17th. (more...)

Photo Coverage: THE FRONT PAGE's John Goodman and John Slattery Get Immortalized at Sardi's!Photo Coverage: THE FRONT PAGE's John Goodman and John Slattery Get Immortalized at Sardi's!
by Walter McBride - Jan 11, 2017

The Front Page has entered its final week of performances on Broadway, but stars John Slattery and John Goodman will now be around for the ages. The duo just traveled across the street to Sardi's to unveil their new portraits. Check out photos from the festivities below! (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

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Mazel Tov! NOT THAT JEWISH Celebrates 100th Performance at New World StagesMazel Tov! NOT THAT JEWISH Celebrates 100th Performance at New World Stages
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

Mazel tov! Not That Jewish, the new hit off-Broadway comedy written and performed by Monica Piper, celebrates its 100th performance Off-Broadway at New World Stages this week on Thursday, January 12. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2017

This January at Wilton's even the performers don't know what they are going to be performing! (more...)

DOUBT, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and More Set for The Sauk's 2017 SeasonDOUBT, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS and More Set for The Sauk's 2017 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

The Sauk, Hillsdale County's community theatre, has announced their ambitious 2017 season of plays and musicals. (more...)

SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL Extended Booking In West End To May 2017SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL Extended Booking In West End To May 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2017

Having recently twice smashed the house record at the New London Theatre, today, 9 January 2017, Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End production of School of Rock - The Musical announces the show is extending booking for a second time since its official opening.  Tickets are now available to 28 May 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI's Penny Fuller & The Many Wonderful Things About HerBWW Interview: 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI's Penny Fuller & The Many Wonderful Things About Her
by Gil Kaan - Jan 9, 2017

Actress/LA theatre inaugurator, Penny Fuller has embarked on a new leg of her career as a cabaret artiste. Ms. Fuller will be bringing her solo musical play 13 THINGS ABOUT ED CARPOLOTTI to the Broad Stage beginning January 11. I had the most delightful opportunity to chat with the vibrant, vivacious Ms. Fuller. She possesses a memory of an elephant, effortlessly listing off names of cast compatriots and retelling intriguing incidents of her theatre highlights. (more...)

GUYS AND DOLLS, THE ODD COUPLE, and More Head Up Rivertown Theaters 2017-2018 SeasonGUYS AND DOLLS, THE ODD COUPLE, and More Head Up Rivertown Theaters 2017-2018 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2017

Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts announced a diverse lineup of productions for the 2017-2018 season tonight at their annual party and fundraiser showcasing musical performances from next season's shows. (more...)

Philippe Bowgen, Donald Faison, Hal Linden, Justin Long, Luna Velez and More Tapped for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!Philippe Bowgen, Donald Faison, Hal Linden, Justin Long, Luna Velez and More Tapped for PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE at The Old Globe; Cast, Creatives Set!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2017

The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for its revival of Steve Martin's clever and crowd-pleasing comedy hit Picasso at the Lapin Agile. (more...)

Ilana Becker to Join Company of Fools in New Associate Artistic Director PositionIlana Becker to Join Company of Fools in New Associate Artistic Director Position
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Company of Fools (COF) is pleased to announce that Ilana Becker has been appointed to the new position of Associate Artistic Director. After conducting a national search that yielded more than 80 qualified applicants, Company of Fools' and Sun Valley Center for the Arts' leadership determined that Becker's expertise and passion for theatre made her the ideal candidate for the position. In her new role, Becker will assist newly promoted COF Artistic Director John Glenn and contribute to The Center's education initiatives and BIG IDEA programs. Glenn, who was recently honored with the 2016 Idaho Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, assumed leadership of Company of Fools following the recent departure of his co-artistic director, Denise Simone. (more...)

Stageworks Brings Clever Twist to Classic Comedy THE ODD COUPLE This MonthStageworks Brings Clever Twist to Classic Comedy THE ODD COUPLE This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

Stageworks Theatre presents its fourth production of the season, The Odd Couple by Neil Simon, running Jan. 27 - Feb. 19, 2017. (more...)

The Watermill Celebrates 50 Years of Producing Theatre and Three London Transfers in 2017The Watermill Celebrates 50 Years of Producing Theatre and Three London Transfers in 2017
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2017

This year, The Watermill Theatre, celebrates 50 years as one of the most successful regional producing theatres in the UK. (more...)

INDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis -  1/3; Broadway Hits Holiday Highs with Record WeekINDUSTRY INSIGHT: Weekly Grosses Analysis - 1/3; Broadway Hits Holiday Highs with Record Week
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 3, 2017

Welcome to this week's edition of our new WEEKLY GROSSES ANALYSIS! Read on for all the weekly grosses statistics for the movers and shakers from the latest grosses, for the week ending 1/1/2017. (more...)

Ta-da! THE ILLUSIONISTS - TURN OF THE CENTURY Becomes Most Successful Magic Show in Broadway HistoryTa-da! THE ILLUSIONISTS - TURN OF THE CENTURY Becomes Most Successful Magic Show in Broadway History
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Just announced, the new edition of the popular show THE ILLUSIONISTS - TURN OF THE CENTURY grossed $2,397,106 for the week ending January 1, 2017, smashing records at Broadway's famed Palace Theatre and topping a record set two years ago by The Illusionists - Witness The Impossible at the Marquis Theater. (more...)

BWW Feature:  Revitalized Alhambra Celebrates 50 YearsBWW Feature: Revitalized Alhambra Celebrates 50 Years
by Michael Lipp - Jan 3, 2017

In the summer of 2009, local businessman Craig Smith took a huge gamble on Jacksonville's failing Alhambra Dinner Theatre, which had decided to close its doors after 42 years of production. The longest-running professional dinner theatre in the country had, for a number of reasons (not the least of which being the poor economy in the late 2000's) seen its subscription base drop from a peak of about 4,500 to 500 and struggle to fill even half the house at discounted prices. (more...)

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