BROADWAY BOUND to Play at Anchorage Community Theatre
Neil Simon's Broadway Bound will open the Anchorage Community Theatre's 66th season as it runs from Aug. 23 through Sept. 8.
Broadway Bound is the final play in Simon's acclaimed autobiographical trilogy, which also includes Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues.
Brighton Beach Memoirs is a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states "if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here."
Biloxi Blues picks up with Eugene as he is a young army recruit during WW II, going through basic training and learning about Life and Love with a capital 'L' along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.
Broadway Bound finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs.
To see the third part of this acclaimed trilogy in action, head to Anchorage Community Theatre Aug. 23 - Sept. 8.
You can purchase single tickets as well as season tickets to see all five of Anchorage Community Theatre's 66th season's shows by tapping here.