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The play opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 11, 2001 and closed on January 13, 2002 after 73 performances and 31 previews, making it one of Neil Simon's least successful efforts.

Directed by Jerry Zaks the opening cast included Lewis J. Stadlen as Mickey Fox, Rebecca Schull as Zelda, Louis Zorich as Bernie, David Margulies, and Marian Seldes as the wealthy theatergoer. The roles of Zelda and Bernie are based on the real-life owners of the Edison Cafe, Frances and Harry Edelstein. The title refers to the amount of time it takes to walk to Broadway from the play's setting, a coffee shop inspired by one located off the lobby of midtown-Manhattan's Edison Hotel, a long-time diner for "theatre types...prized for its casual atmosphere, inexpensive prices and Matzoh ball soup."

Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 9/08/2013
by BWW - Sep 8, 2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 9/08/2013
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 9/29/2013
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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 9/22/2013
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Photo Flash: Phylicia Rashad, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More at Westport Country Playhouse Gala
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2013

Over 400 guests attended Westport Country Playhouse's annual fundraising gala, 'Sophisticated Lady: A Gala Evening Honoring Phylicia Rashad,' on Monday evening, September 16. In addition to honoring the Tony Award-winning actress, arts advocate and philanthropist Howard J. Aibel of Weston was presented with the Westport Country Playhouse Leadership Award. Scroll down for photos from the big event! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 9/15/2013
by BWW - Sep 15, 2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 9/01/2013
by BWW - Sep 1, 2013

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Melissa Errico & More Set for Symphony Space's KURT WEILL ON BROADWAY Today
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2013

Symphony Space opens its 2013-14 Music season with 'Kurt Weill on Broadway,' tonight, October 7 (8 pm) at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. Today marks the 70th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Weill's One Touch of Venus. Ted Chapin hosts a stellar cast featuring Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, and Ron Raines, plus winners of the international Lotte Lenya Competition. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 10/06/2013
by BWW - Oct 6, 2013

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Totem Pole Playhouse Features Emmy Winner in SIMPLY: SALLY STRUTHERS, Now thru 5/12
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2013

Audiences don't want to miss this rare experience to spend an evening with one of America's favorite stars, Sally Struthers. Struthers will appear at the playhouse in SIMPLY: SALLY STRUTHERS, an intimate evening with the Emmy-winning actress...in words, song stories and laughter. Struthers will perform May 8th through May 12, 2013 and is limited to just under 2,000 tickets. (more...)

SUNDAYS IN SUMMER CABARET Returns for 4th Season Today
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2013

The acclaimed Todays In Summer Cabaret Series at the Arthur Newman Theater in Palm Desert will be back for it's fourth season beginning today, May 5th. 'Since it began, more than 90 different performers have brought praises from our audiences which have grown tremendously over the years', says Les Michaels of Life Is A Cabaret, who produces the shows. The theater, which is located at The Joslyn Center in Palm Desert, seats up to 180 people and is a perfect setting for these intimate cabaret style performances that you would normally see in a smaller New York style supper club. (more...)

Jordan Gelber and Jennifer Cody to Star in Hangar Theatre's LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2013

Hangar Theatre kicks off its 2013 season on June 13th with Neil Simon's irresistible comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers, which runs through June 29. Featuring a stellar cast including three Broadway favorites, this seminal work will be directed by Hangar Associate Artistic Director Jesse Bush. Last of the Red Hot Lovers had its original Broadway run from 1969-1971 and received four Tony nominations, including for Best Play. The Hangar production features the talents of Jordan Gelber (Broadway's Avenue Q, All My Sons, Elf) as Barney Cashman, Jennifer Cody (Shrek, Urinetown) as Elaine Navazio, Leenya Rideout (Company, War Horse, Cabaret) as Jeannette Fisher, and Natalie Walker as Bobbi Michele. (more...)

Judy Blazer and More Set for LEND ME A TENOR, Kicking Off Bay Street Theatre's 2013 Season, Today
by BWW News Desk - May 28, 2013

Bay Street Theatre begins the 2013 Mainstage Season with Lend Me a Tenor (May 28 - June 23). This hilarious Ken Ludwig comedy, under the direction of Don Stephenson, includes Judy Blazer, Scott Cote, Betsy DiLellio, Donna English, Nancy Johnston, Noah Plomgren, Steve Rosen and Roland Rusinek as its hilarious cast. (more...)

Nevada Public Radio to Host Summer 2013 Utah Theatre Excursions
by BWW News Desk - May 22, 2013

Nevada Public Radio once again gives listeners the unique opportunity to participate in its annual summer excursions to well-known theatre destinations in Utah-Tuacahn Amphitheatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Neil Simon Festival. Reservations are being accepted and limited space is available. (more...)

Judy Blazer and More Set for LEND ME A TENOR, Kicking Off Bay Street Theatre's 2013 Season, 5/28
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2013

Bay Street Theatre begins the 2013 Mainstage Season with Lend Me a Tenor (May 28 - June 23). This hilarious Ken Ludwig comedy, under the direction of Don Stephenson, includes Judy Blazer, Scott Cote, Betsy DiLellio, Donna English, Nancy Johnston, Noah Plomgren, Steve Rosen and Roland Rusinek as its hilarious cast. (more...)

Michael Urie, Annaleigh Ashford, Kristine Nielsen and Lewis J. Stadlen Earn Actors' Equity Foundation's Richard Seff & Clarence Derwent Awards!
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2013

Kristine Nielsen and Lewis J. Stadlen have been named to receive the annual Richard Seff Award presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation. The award honors a veteran female and male character actor for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production. The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, president of the Actors' Equity Foundation, which administers the Award. (more...)

Totem Pole Playhouse To Feature Emmy Winner in SIMPLY: SALLY STRUTHERS, 5/8 - Today
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2013

Audiences don't want to miss this rare experience to spend an evening with one of America's favorite stars, Sally Struthers. Struthers will appear at the playhouse in SIMPLY: SALLY STRUTHERS, an intimate evening with the Emmy-winning actress...in words, song stories and laughter. Struthers will perform May 8th through May 12, 2013 and is limited to just under 2,000 tickets. (more...)

STAGE TO SCREEN: Broadway Stars in Prime Time Tonight - Wednesday, March 27, 2013!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 27, 2013

Here are some of the familiar Broadway faces appearing in prime time tonight (Wednesday, March 27, 2013)! (more...)

Dallas Theater Center Presents THE ODD COUPLE, Now thru 4/14
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2013

Dallas Theater Center presents Neil Simon's classic American comedy, The Odd Couple, directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. When two men with struggling relationships, neat and particular Felix Ungar and disheveled and rough-edged Oscar Madison, decide to live together, the results are funny and poignant. The Odd Couple opens with previews tonight, March 15 and runs through Sunday, April 14 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jun. 29
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Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, June 29, 2014. (more...)

Nevada Public Radio Hosts Summer 2013 Utah Theatre Excursions, Beg. Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2013

Nevada Public Radio once again gives listeners the unique opportunity to participate in its annual summer excursions to well-known theatre destinations in Utah-Tuacahn Amphitheatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Neil Simon Festival. Reservations are being accepted and limited space is available. (more...)

Jordan Gelber and Jennifer Cody Star in Hangar Theatre's LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2013

Hangar Theatre kicks off its 2013 season tonight, June 13th with Neil Simon's irresistible comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers, which runs through June 29. (more...)

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions Sunday, Jul. 6
by - Jul 6, 2014

Upcoming Non-Equity Auditions from Sunday, July 6, 2014. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 7/4/14 - A Star-Spangled, Spectacular Broadway Weekend!
by Jessica Showers - Jul 4, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? This weekend's big news: It's the Fourth of July (yay!) and PBS's A CAPITOL FOURTH and NBC's MACY'S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR round up some of the hottest talent from Broadway and the music scene tonight, THEATER TALK remembers 1776's Peter Stone, and Center Stage's digital project MY AMERICA launches on Fandor! (more...)

Megan Byrne, Peter Friedman, David Margulies and More to Star in Playwrights Realm's THE HATMAKER'S WIFE; Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2013

Critically acclaimed theatre company The Playwrights Realm has announced the cast and creative team for the New York premiere of Lauren Yee's new play The Hatmaker's Wife, directed by recent OBIE Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812). The Hatmaker's Wife marks the first Playwrights Realm production at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street) in midtown Manhattan, following previous engagements in several downtown Off-Broadway venues. Previews begin Tuesday, August 27, for an opening Thursday, September 5. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 7/28/2013
by BWW - Jul 28, 2013

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BWW Interviews: Independent Filmmaker John Putch on the ROUTE 30 TRILOGY
by Marakay Rogers - Jul 24, 2013

Director John Putch reminisces on life on stage, behind the camera, and in the small towns that understand his work. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 7/21/2013
by BWW - Jul 21, 2013

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Bergen County Players' 2014-15 Season to Include 'DROWSY CHAPERONE,' 'OSAGE COUNTY' & More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2014

Long considered one of America's foremost community theater groups, the Bergen County Players is proud to announce its 2014-15 season, an ambitious, passionate and playful year of audience pleasing musicals, innovative plays and special events for its 82nd consecutive season. From toe-tapping musicals to hilarious comedies to intense dramas, BCP has garnered a reputation for outstanding quality productions at affordable prices. As audiences have been anxiously anticipating, the new season kicks off with The Drowsy Chaperone, the five-time Tony Award winning musical. (more...)

San Francisco Playhouse Adds PROMISES, PROMISES to 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2014

San Francisco Playhouse has finalized their 12th season with the announcement of their holiday show, a revival of the 1968 Broadway hit Promises, Promises. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 7/14/2013
by BWW - Jul 14, 2013

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Jason Alexander to Direct BROADWAY BOUND at the Odyssey, 8/2-9/21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 1, 2014

Heartwarming, poignant -- and hilarious. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents a revival of Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical dramatic comedy, Broadway Bound, directed by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), who created the role of 'Stanley' in the original Broadway production. The 8-week run at the Odyssey Theatre is set to open Aug. 2. (more...)


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Harriet Harris, Judy Kaye, David Garrison, Rachel York & More Join Christian Borle in Encores! LITTLE ME; Runs 2/5-9
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2014

Robert Creighton, David Garrison, Harriet Harris, Judy Kaye, Lewis J. Stadlen, Lee Wilkof, Tony Yazbeck and Rachel York will join Christian Borle in Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leighıs Little Me, the opening production of New York City Centerıs 2014 Encores! season, running for seven performances, February 5 - 9. The show will be directed by John Rando with music direction by Rob Berman and choreography by Joshua Bergasse. (more...)

Neil Simon's 45 SECONDS FROM BROADWAY Opens 1/17 at Laurel Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2014

45 Seconds From Broadway by Neil Simon will run weekends from January 17, 2014 through February 8, 2014 with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees on January 26, 2014 and February 2, 2014 at 2 p.m at Laurel Mill Playhouse. Tickets are $15 for general admission. Admission for students (18 and under), active duty military and seniors (65 and over) is $12. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Thousand Oaks - Week of 1/27/2013
by BWW - Jan 27, 2013

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John Waters, Beth Leavel, Marissa Perry and More Set for Symphonic Premiere of HAIRSPRAY: IN CONCERT!, Jan 2013
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2013

Marking the 25th anniversary of the John Waters' original film, Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly brings together an all-star cast of Broadway, film and TV stars for the full symphonic production of the Broadway musical, Hairspray. Hairspray: In Concert! will premiere with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Jan. 11-13, 2013, and with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Jan. 24-27, 2013. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Thousand Oaks - Week of 1/20/2013
by BWW - Jan 20, 2013

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Neil Simon's 45 SECONDS FROM BROADWAY Opens Tonight at Laurel Mill Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

45 Seconds From Broadway by Neil Simon will run weekends from tonight, January 17, 2014 through February 8, 2014. (more...)

Dallas Theater Center to Present THE ODD COUPLE, 3/15-4/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 28, 2013

Dallas Theater Center announced today the upcoming production of Neil Simon's classic American comedy, The Odd Couple, directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. When two men with struggling relationships, neat and particular Felix Ungar and disheveled and rough-edged Oscar Madison, decide to live together, the results are funny and poignant. The Odd Couple opens with previews on Friday, March 15 and runs through Sunday, April 14 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. (more...)

STAGE TO SCREEN: Broadway Stars in Prime Time Tonight!
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 20, 2013

Here are some of the familiar Broadway faces appearing in prime time tonight (Wednesday, February 20, 2013)! (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 8/04/2013
by BWW - Aug 4, 2013

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Melissa Errico and More Set for Symphony Space's KURT WEILL ON BROADWAY, 10/7
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2013

Symphony Space will open its 2013-14 Music season with 'Kurt Weill on Broadway,' Monday, October 7 (8 pm) at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. The show takes place on the 70th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Weill's One Touch of Venus. Ted Chapin hosts a stellar cast featuring Melissa Errico, Brent Barrett, Judy Blazer, and Ron Raines, plus winners of the international Lotte Lenya Competition. (more...)

Megan Byrne, Peter Friedman, David Margulies and More Star in Playwrights Realm's THE HATMAKER'S WIFE, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2013

Critically acclaimed theatre company The Playwrights Realm presents the New York premiere of Lauren Yee's new play The Hatmaker's Wife, directed by recent OBIE Award winner Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812). The Hatmaker's Wife marks the first Playwrights Realm production at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater (416 West 42nd Street) in midtown Manhattan, following previous engagements in several downtown Off-Broadway venues. Previews begin tonight, August 27, for an opening Thursday, September 5. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 8/25/2013
by BWW - Aug 25, 2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 8/18/2013
by BWW - Aug 18, 2013

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Now Playing Onstage in Dayton - Week of 8/11/2013
by BWW - Aug 11, 2013

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Geva Closes 2013-14 Mainstage Season with Neil Simon's THE ODD COUPLE, 4/22-5/18
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2014

Geva Theatre Center' 41st Mainstage Season concludes with Neil Simon's The Odd Couple. Directed by John Miller-Stephany, and with a cast led by Tony Award- winner Michael McGrath and Broadway veteran Noah Racey, this classic comedy begins performances on April 22 and runs in the Elaine P. Wilson Mainstage through May 18. (more...)

Dallas Theater Center to Present THE ODD COUPLE, 3/15-4/14
by BWW News Desk - Apr 13, 2013

Dallas Theater Center announced today the upcoming production of Neil Simon's classic American comedy, The Odd Couple, directed by DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. When two men with struggling relationships, neat and particular Felix Ungar and disheveled and rough-edged Oscar Madison, decide to live together, the results are funny and poignant. The Odd Couple opens with previews on Friday, March 15 and runs through Today, April 14 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. (more...)

SUNDAYS IN SUMMER CABARET Returns for 4th Season, 5/5
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2013

The acclaimed Sundays In Summer Cabaret Series at the Arthur Newman Theater in Palm Desert will be back for it's fourth season beginning Sunday, May 5th. 'Since it began, more than 90 different performers have brought praises from our audiences which have grown tremendously over the years', says Les Michaels of Life Is A Cabaret, who produces the shows. The theater, which is located at The Joslyn Center in Palm Desert, seats up to 180 people and is a perfect setting for these intimate cabaret style performances that you would normally see in a smaller New York style supper club. (more...)

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