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Featuring book by Neil Simon, "They're Playing Our Song" follows the on-again, off-again romance of one very despondent composer and one very ditzy lyricist, as they try to create their own unique love song. Based on the real-life love affair of the show's composer, Marvin Hamlisch, and the show's lyricist, Carole Bayer-Sager, "They're Playing Our Song," ran 1,082 performances on Broadway.



After Sager and Hamlisch scored an international hit with "Nobody Does It Better" (the theme song from "The Spy Who Loved Me"), they began to work on a new musical based on some surprising subject matter -- their own romantic life -- with the most successful and popular playwright of the era, Neil Simon. They came up with an unusual, new form for a Broadway musical: a chamber musical with two main characters supported by a three-person Greek Chorus.



"They're Playing Our Song" had its world premiere as part of the Center Theatre Group series at the Ahmanson Theatre of the Music Center. It starred comic Robert Klein and Lucie Arnaz, who made her Broadway debut in the role and went on to star in Reprise's inaugural season's "Wonderful Town" in 1997.



Carole Bayer Sager has written the lyrics for "Don't Cry Out Loud," "Everything Old is New Again," "Come in From the Rain," "Heartbreaker," and "That's What Friends Are For," and has collaborated with Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Peter Allen, Michael McDonald, and Burt Bacharach. In 1977 she was romantically involved with Marvin Hamlisch. Hamlisch followed winning three Academy Awards in 1973 for "The Way We Were" and the score of "The Sting", with the score for "A Chorus Line" which won nine 1975 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score for Hamlisch and lyricist Edward Kleban.



STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 9/19/15- Stephanie J. Block
by Stage Tube - Sep 19, 2015

Happy Birthday, Stephanie J. Block! On Broadway, Block has starred in The Boy From Oz, Wicked, The Pirate Queen, 9 To 5, Anything Goes, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In addition, she originated the role of Elphaba in the first national tour of Wicked and in 2010 starred as Grizabella in the Municipal Opera Production production of Cats. Also that year, she starred as Sonia Walsk alongside Jason Alexander in the Reprise Theatre Company's production of They're Playing Our Song. (more...)

Woodside Community Theatre to Present CHICAGO, 10/17-25
by BWW News Desk - Sep 18, 2015

Woodside Community Theatre (WCT) is proud to present Chicago, composed by John Kander with lyrics by Fredd Ebb and book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. (more...)

Westport Community Theatre Presents THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2015

Celebrate the opening of Westport Community Theatre's 60th Anniversary Season - Neil Simon's award-winning musical comedy They're Playing Our Song. With music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, the musical, inspired by the quirky romantic relationship between Hamlisch and lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, is often described as a 'Seinfeld episode set to music.' (more...)

Scoop: TODAY on NBC 10/10 - 10/21
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Scoop: TODAY 10/17 - 10/28 on NBC
by TV Scoop - Oct 14, 2016

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Scoop: LIVE WITH KELLY 10/17 - 10/21
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BWW's On This Day - October 1, 2015
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Scoop: THE TALK - 11/1 - 11/4 on CBS
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2016

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Good Theater to Present 13th Edition of BROADWAY AT GOOD THEATER
by BWW News Desk - Nov 13, 2016

The thirteenth edition of the Broadway at Good Theater concerts will be presented November 30 - December 4 for six performances.  This year will be a tribute to Broadway of the 1970s.    (more...)

Scoop: THE TALK - 11/1 - 11/4 on CBS
by TV Scoop - Nov 1, 2016

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A MARVIN HAMLISCH SONGBOOK Begins 6/4 at Theo Ubique
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2015

Theo's summer cabaret will feature favorites and lesser-known gems by the Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony winning composer Theo Ubique's summer cabaret of 2015 will turn to the songs of one of the best-loved composers of the 20th Century's later decades when it showcases the songs of Marvin Hamlisch from June 4 - July 12, 2015 at the No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave. in Rogers Park. Music Director Aaron Benham (recently honored with three Jeff nominations for the 2014-15 season, including one for last summer's A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters by Theo) is providing new arrangements for a program representing the full body of Hamlisch's work. Benham and a cast of six will perform numbers ranging from standards like 'The Way We Were' and 'Nobody Does It Better' through selections from his Broadway musicals (A Chorus Line, They're Playing Our Song, Sweet Smell of Success, The Goodbye Girl and Smile) and film scores (The Sting, Sophie's Choice). Courtney Crouse (of Theo Ubique's Chess) is the stage director and Chris Logan (of Theo's A Cole Porter Songbook and Bailiwick Chicago's Murder Ballad) is the choreographer. The press opening will be Saturday, June 6 at 8 p.m., following previews Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m., and Friday, June 5 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Carmen Risi and Dan Gold to Star in Brown Paper Box Co.'s THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Following their wildly successful Positively Present cabaret at Mary's Attic in Andersonville, Brown Paper Box Co. continues their 2017/2018 season with Neil Simon, Marvin Hamlisch, and Carole Bayer Sager's 1979 classic two-hander (and many-voiced), They're Playing Our Song, running July 21 - August 20, 2017. (more...)

Leading Ladies Melissa Errico and Lucie Arnaz Unite and Ann Roth's Original Gown Shimmies Again!
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2015

For a symphony concert appearance this past weekend, Melissa Errico was asked to add a new song to her program especially for that evening, a duet with baritone Stephen Buntrock (A Little Night Music, Phantom). It was the great Marvin Hamlisch tune 'They're Playing Our Song,' set in a disco. She was in rehearsal in NYC with pianist-arranger Phil Hall ten days ago when he said, 'Really, the disco dress she wore MADE that number, or maybe it was vice versa, but that dress was WOW.' (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 5/03/2015
by BWW - May 3, 2015

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THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG Plays MCCC's Kelsey Theatre, Now thru 6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

When an accomplished Broadway composer connects with a talented young lyricist, their professional success seems like a sure thing.  But as the partnership gets personal, life gets complicated.  Join Pierrot Productions for the Neil Simon classic 'They're Playing Our Song,' coming to Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, tonight, May 29 and June 5, 2015. (more...)

THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG to Play MCCC's Kelsey Theatre, 5/29-6/7
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2015

When an accomplished Broadway composer connects with a talented young lyricist, their professional success seems like a sure thing.  But as the partnership gets personal, life gets complicated.  Join Pierrot Productions for the Neil Simon classic "They're Playing Our Song," coming to Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) Kelsey Theatre Fridays, May 29 and June 5, 2015. (more...)

Steppenwolf's Lookout Series and Mark Cortale present AUDRA McDONALD IN CONCERT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

Record-breaking six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will perform at Steppenwolf as a part of the LookOut Series on Monday, May 22 for one night only. McDonald will be joined on stage by host and pianist Seth Rudetsky, who this past November starred in the five-star London premiere of his Broadway musical, Disaster!   (more...)

THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG Comes to the Lake Worth Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

This musical brought together three significant talents. Neil Simon America's premier funny man, Tony Award-winning composer of A Chorus Lines, Marvin Hamlish and Oscar winner Carole Bayer Sager collaborated on this hit musical. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in New Jersey - Week of 3/26/2017
by BWW - Mar 26, 2017

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Betty Buckley, Lorna Luft & More Join FOLLIES Concert at Royal Albert Hall; Roles Finally Revealed!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2015

Betty Buckley, Lorna Luft, Charlotte Page, Peter Polycarpou, Amy Ellen Richardson and Jos Slovick complete the cast of Follies in Concert, with The City of London Philharmonic Orchestra, at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, alongside ensemble members Sarah Bakker, CJ Field,Jennifer Davison, Emily Warner, Lucy James and Luke Fetherstone. (more...)

THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG to Close TheatreZone's 10th Anniversary Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 16, 2015

TheatreZone artistic director Mark Danni today announced that veteran actors Steven Geyer and TheatreZone favorite Laura Needle have been cast in leading roles as Vernon Gersch and Sonia Walsk in the non profit Equity theatre group's season finale Neal Simon's comedic gem, They're Playing Our Song. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Theatre Group at SBCC presents HIGH SOCIETY
by BWW News Desk - Jun 22, 2017

The Theatre Group at SBCC opens the 17/18 season with Cole Porter's sparkling musical, HIGH SOCIETY, July 12-29 in the Garvin Theatre.  (more...)

Exclusive Podcast: Behind the Curtain Talks Intimate Musicals; THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG, SPITFIRE GRILL
by Behind the Curtain - Jun 22, 2016

Every week director Robert W Schneider and actor Kevin David Thomas pull back the curtain on neglected, forgotten, and underappreciated musicals, as well as bizarre performances, endearing television appearances, and all things show business. This week, they discuss the joys of intimate musicals, including 'They're Playing Our Song' and 'Spitfire Grill.' (more...)

Photo Coverage: Lorna Luft Celebrates Pride Week at Feinstein's/54 Below!
by Walter McBride - Jun 22, 2016

After several sold-out Feinstein's/54 Below engagements, Lorna Luft returns with a brand new show to celebrate Pride Week in NYC! The evening will be a celebration of what it means to be proud. Join Lorna Luft as she sings, tells stories, and focuses on the history behind New York City Pride and what it means to her while also dedicating her show to everyone who has pride in themselves. This is a show for all ages, shapes, and sizes and is a true celebration of who we all are, Lorna- style! (more...)

The Wick Theatre Sets 2016/17 Theatre Season
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

The Wick Theatre's 2016/2017 Season: They're Playing Our Song Starring Broadway's Andrea McArdle October 13 - November 6 A musical comedy by master of the genre Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. The hit musical about an established composer and his relationship with an aspiring young female lyricist. Professionally, their relationship works beautifully-but ultimately leads to conflict on the home front. Don't worry, there's a happy ending. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Birthday Flashback - THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG's Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein Reunite in Concert
by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2015

In honor of Lucie Arnaz's birthday, Rick McKay, the producer/director of Rick McKay's Broadway: The Golden Age Film Trilogy, just unveiled never-before-seen-footage of Lucie and Robert Klein recreating their original roles from They're Playing Our Song, 31 years later at a benefit for musical director Fran Liebergall in 2010, honoring Marvin Hamlisch. Watch below! (more...)

Lorna Luft, Melba Moore & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 4, 2016

This week at FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visitwww.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Anita Gillette & Harold Sanditen are HAROLD AND BROAD in New York and London
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2017

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BWW's On This Day - January 19, 2016
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Now Playing Onstage in St. Petersburg - Week of 1/17/2016
by BWW - Jan 17, 2016

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Virginia Rep Announces the Opening of AIRLINE HIGHWAY
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of the Tony-nominated play Airline Highway, by playwright Lisa D'Amour on Friday, January 27 on the Arenstein Stage at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street.  The play runs through February 12 with preview performances on Wednesday and Thursday, January 25 and 26.  Set in post-Katrina New Orleans and echoing the spontaneity and rich texture of jazz,  this gritty comedy celebrates the colorful, fractured characters that define the city's spirit. D'Amour, a fifth-generation New Orleans native, was a Pulitzer finalist for her work on Detroit.  She was commissioned to write Airline Highway in 2014 for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The show made its Broadway debut in 2015 and earned four Tony Nominations. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in St. Petersburg - Week of 1/10/2016
by BWW - Jan 10, 2016

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Now Playing Onstage in Milwaukee, WI - Week of 2/08/2015
by BWW - Feb 8, 2015

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THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG and SPEECH & DEBATE Set for Brown Paper Box Co.'s 2017-18 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2017

Brown Paper Box Co. has announced their upcoming 2017-2018 season, comprised of They're Playing Our Song and Speech & Debate. (more...)

World Renowned Jewish Cultural Entertainers to Discuss the Renaissance & Culture
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2017

The Michael Ann Russel Jewish Community Center (MAR-JCC) presents its first installment of the Yiddishkayt Entertainment Series: A Forum for the Celebration of Jewish Culture and Education with The Renaissance of Yiddishkayt and Jewish Culture. World renowned Jewish Cultural entertainers Jake Ehrenreich, Eleanor Reissa and Avi Hoffman will lead the discussion of Yiddishkayt and Jewish Culture. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/13/16- Stockard Channing
by Stage Tube - Feb 13, 2016

Happy Birthday Stockard Channing! In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in Two Gentlemen of Verona - The Musical, working with playwright John Guare. She also appeared on Broadway in 1973 in a supporting role in No Hard Feelings. In 1978, at the age of 33, she took on the role of high school teenager Betty Rizzo in the hit musical Grease. Additional Broadway credits include: They're Playing Our Song, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Woman in Mind, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and The Lion in Winter. She is currently starrign on Broadway in Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theatre. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/13/15- Stockard Channing
by Stage Tube - Feb 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Stockard Channing! In 1971, she made her Broadway debut in Two Gentlemen of Verona - The Musical, working with playwright John Guare. She also appeared on Broadway in 1973 in a supporting role in No Hard Feelings. In 1978, at the age of 33, she took on the role of high school teenager Betty Rizzo in the hit musical Grease. Additional Broadway credits include: They're Playing Our Song, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, Woman in Mind, Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, and The Lion in Winter. She is currently starrign on Broadway in Other Desert Cities at the Booth Theatre. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - February 11, 2017
by - Feb 11, 2017

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on February 11 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/11/16- THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2016

Today in 1979, They're Plaing Our Song opened at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 1082 performances. With a book by Neil Simon, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, and music by Marvin Hamlisch, the musical is based on the real-life relationship of Hamlisch and Sager- a wisecracking composer finds a new, offbeat lyricist, but initially the match is not one made in heaven. The two undergo a series of trials and overcome a number of hurdles before finding true love by the final curtain. They're Playing Our Song is essentially a two-character show. Vernon and Sonia are the sole characters on stage; each character has a three-person Greek chorus acting as their inner voices, and there are no big production numbers. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 2/11/15- THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2015

Today in 1979, They're Plaing Our Song opened at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 1082 performances. With a book by Neil Simon, lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager, and music by Marvin Hamlisch, the musical is based on the real-life relationship of Hamlisch and Sager- a wisecracking composer finds a new, offbeat lyricist, but initially the match is not one made in heaven. The two undergo a series of trials and overcome a number of hurdles before finding true love by the final curtain. They're Playing Our Song is essentially a two-character show. Vernon and Sonia are the sole characters on stage; each character has a three-person Greek chorus acting as their inner voices, and there are no big production numbers. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 12/28/2014
by BWW - Dec 28, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 12/21/2014
by BWW - Dec 21, 2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Richmond - Week of 12/14/2014
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Photo Flash: ELOISE Artist Hilary Knight Poses with Evelyn Rudie and Andrea McArdle at 2 ACROSS Opening
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2015

ELOISE creator Hilary Knight caught up with Evelyn Rudie who created the role of ELOISE in 1956 on television's 'Playhouse 90.' It brought her critical acclaim and an Emmy nomination at age six-the first time a child actress was so honored. Evelyn is now the director of the acclaimed off-Broadway hit, 2 ACROSS, which stars Andrea McArdle. Below, check out a picture of Knight, Rudie, and McArdle posing at the 2 ACROSS opening night! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - December 11, 2016
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BWW's On This Day - December 11, 2015
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Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of ONE LOVE at Theater for the New City
by BWW News Desk - Apr 7, 2016

From the brain of Peter Zachari, who brought you Under the Knife: A Farce, Fat Asses: The Musical and Parker & Dizzy's Fabulous Journey to the End of the Rainbow, all of which premiered at Theater for the New City, comes One Love: A New Play. Cast includes Alex J. Moreno (Hunter), Russell Norris (Bryce), Joey Mirable (Logan), Itanza Wooden (Afrodite), Thomas Royce Daniels (Brett), Scott Salame (Tyler), Brian Anthony Simmons (Fantasy Man #1) and William Chang (Fantasy Man #2).  (more...)

Tony Winner Robert Klein Set for American Jewish Historical Society Benefit
by BWW News Desk - Apr 4, 2016

The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) is pleased to announce that Grammy, Tony, and Emmy-nominated comedian and actor Robert Klein will perform a one-night-only benefit supporting the AJHS. The special event at AJHS (15 West 16th Street), entitled 'Robert Klein - An Evening of Comedy and Music to Benefit AJHS,' will be held Thursday, May 12. Doors will open at 7 pm and the performance will begin at 7:30 pm. (more...)

THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG Coming Soon to the Lake Worth Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 3, 2017

This musical brought together three significant talents. Neil Simon America's premier funny man, Tony Award-winning composer of A Chorus Lines, Marvin Hamlish and Oscar winner Carole Bayer Sager collaborated on this hit musical. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Ft. Myers/Naples - Week of 4/26/2015
by BWW - Apr 26, 2015

Upcoming Shows - Week of 4/26/2015 for Ft. Myers/Naples (more...)

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