They're Playing Our Song

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.

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by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2019
Single tickets are now on sale for the spring TOPS of the POPS Season showsa?"HAMLISCH: With Love, ARETHA: RESPECT, POPS Rocks Phil Collins, SONDHEIM: A 90th Birthday Celebration, and SINATRA: A Man and His Music.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2019
Dumb... dumber... dumbest? Open Fist Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Neil Simon's Musical Fools, an adaptation of the Simon play Fools, with book and lyrics by Neil Simon and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious, The People Vs Friar Laurence). West also directs, with music direction by Jan Roper and choreography by Louisa Kendrick Burton. Neil Simon's Musical Fools opens Oct. 12 at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue through Nov. 17; pay-what-you-want previews begin Oct. 4.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2019
They're Playing Our Song, the smash Broadway and West End hit musical comedy, inaugurates Congregation Tifereth Israel's new theatrical troupe, CTI Theatre of Glen Cove. This first production of CTI Theatre opens on Thursday, October 24, continuing for three performances through Sunday, October 27.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 4, 2019
The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is proud to announce an exciting fall season featuring AIDA, NEWSIES, Lainie Kazan, and more!
by Stephen Mosher - Sep 30, 2019
Two Broadway legends on one stage performing the music of two Broadway legends in a special night at 54 Below
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2019
This Month, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2019
Lucie Arnaz brings a?oeI Got the Job!a??: Songs from My Musical Past to WPPAC Friday, September 27 at 8pm.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2019
Tickets are now on sale for Broadway star and the 2019 Tony Award winning, Stephanie J. Block's concerts at London's iconic Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square. The solo concerts take place on Sunday 12th April 2020, produced by Club 11 London and Take Two Theatrical.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 2, 2019
Resorts World Manila (RWM), the Philippines' pioneering integrated resort-township, welcomed back Tony winner, Disney Legend Lea Salonga as they celebrated RWM's 10th anniversary via a two-night concert billed as 'Perfect Ten: A Gala Performance' at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre held Friday, August 30, and Saturday, August 31, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2019
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2019
Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres, Robert Hastie today announces the full casting for his revival of Guys and Dolls - Natalie Casey (Miss Adelaide), Darragh Cowley (Lt Brannigan), Dafydd Emyr (Big Jule), Jacob Fisher (Harry the Horse), Adrian Hansel (Benny Southstreet), Dawn Hope (General Cartwright), Kadiff Kirwan (Sky Masterson), TJ Lloyd (Nicely-Nicely Johnson), Matthew Malthouse (Rusty Charlie), Martin Marquez (Nathan Detroit), Ross McLaren (Angie the Ox), Garry Robson (Arvide Abernathy), and Alex Young (Sarah Brown) with Shaquille Brush (Havana Boy), Frances Camier (Havana Girl), Charlotte Coggin, Adam Denman, Emily Dunn, Tash Holway, Samantha Hull, Kate Playdon and Anthony Starr. The production opens on 12 December, with previews from 7 December, and runs until 18 January 2020.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 5, 2019
Dumba?? dumbera?? dumbest? Open Fist Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Neil Simon's Musical Fools, an adaptation of the Simon play Fools, with book and lyrics by Neil Simon and music and lyrics by Phil Swann and Ron West (deLEARious, The People Vs Friar Laurence). West also directs, with music direction by Jan Roper and choreography by Louisa Kendrick Burton. Neil Simon's Musical Fools opens Oct. 12 at Atwater Village Theatre, where performances will continue through Nov. 17; pay-what-you-want previews begin Oct. 4.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2019
Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's second musical of the 2019-20 season will be WORKING, based on Stud Terkel's landmark book in which he interviewed Chicagoans about their feelings toward their jobs.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 20, 2019
Global hit COME FROM AWAY has been named the most successful musical in the Comedy Theatre's 91-year history, this week surpassing the box office records of all other musicals staged at the theatre since it opened in 1928.
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 2, 2019
The iconic Lucie Arnaz is showing everyone how it's done with I Got The Job! as she looks back on an impressive career with hilarious and tuneful results.
by Stephen Mosher - Oct 15, 2019
Tony and Emmy nominee, Broadway legend Anita Gillette embraces her next act in life and on stage at Birdland.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2019
Samuel French, a Concord Theatricals Company, announced today that Neil Simon (posthumously), TDF Accessibility Program, and Aleshea Harris are the 2019 recipients of the 4th Annual Samuel French Awards. The Awards, which are accompanied by a donation from Concord Theatricals of $15,000, were created by Samuel French to acknowledge the great work and unparalleled passion of theatre artists, as well as applaud significant contributions to the industry.
by TV News Desk - May 2, 2019
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association announced today that Lorna Luft will return to the Hollywood Bowl, joining Barry Manilow as a special guest in the previously announced performances on Friday and Saturday, September 6 and 7.  
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2019
Broadway Veteran, Estonians, and an Irishman, team up to bring the legendary story of the Singing Revolution to the New York theatre community. The production is initiated by an American director/choreographer, Tony Spinosa, and Irish co-book writer, James Bearhart. The story is inspired by the Estonian emancipation from the Soviet Union in 1991
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2019
Producer Rick Murray will present the 2019 Cabaret at the Crown Series in Provincetown, MA this summer at The Crown & Anchor's Paramount Theatre and Town Hall Auditorium.  Tickets are now on sale for the Series, in which an impressive list of award-winning stars will be performing live in full concerts.  Following up on last summer's smash hit season, the 2019 Cabaret Series will include the talents of comedians Lisa Lampanelli, Margaret Cho, and Sandra Bernhard, as well as Broadway stars Lucie Arnaz (They're Playing Our Song, Pippin), Lillias White (The Life), Linda Lavin (Broadway Bound, Gypsy), Lorna Luft (Promises, Promises), John Lloyd Young (Jersey Boys), Linda Eder (Jekyll and Hyde), and television favorites Leslie Jordan (The Cool Kids, Will and Grace) and Fran Drescher (The Nanny).
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2019
Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie: Celebrate Sondheim & Hamlisch on Monday, July 8 at 8 pm as part of Bay Street Theater's Music Mondays concert series. Tickets range from $79 - $125 and are on sale now at baystreet.org and through the Box Office at 631-725-9500, open daily from 11am to showtime. 
by Sarah Hookey - Jun 13, 2019
Founding Artistic Director Fred Anzevino today announced a partial lineup of musicals for the company's second year in residence at the Howard Street Theatre, the venue developed by the City of Evanston specifically for the company.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2019
In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Judy Garland's death, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, presents Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall, on Sunday, June 23rd at 7PM.
by Little Known Facts w/ Ilana Levine - Jun 10, 2019
BroadwayWorld has teamed up with Broadway actress Ilana Levine, who makes her entrance onto the podcast stage with her critically acclaimed show Little Known Facts. Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, 'Podcast Verite,' is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny. Her twitter account @ilanalevine was named one of the ' 100 Twitter accounts to follow in 2018.
by Oliver Oliveros - Jul 30, 2019
Resorts World Manila (RWM), the Philippines' pioneering integrated resort-township, welcomes back Tony winner, Disney Legend Lea Salonga as they celebrate RWM's 10th anniversary via a two-night concert billed as Perfect Ten: A Gala Performance at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre on Friday, August 30, and Saturday, August 31, 2019, at 8 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2019
Create Your Own (CYO) mini-subscriptions for The Philly POPS 2019a?"2020 TOPS of the POPS season are now on sale. CYO packages can save guests up to 15% by bundling any three or more 2019a?"2020 Verizon Hall concerts, including spring shows (spring show single tickets on sale to the public on September 6) and A Philly POPS Christmas. CYO subscribers enjoy advance notice of special events, flexible ticket exchanges, ticket replacements, pre-paid parking, dining discounts, and more. More details about CYO subscriptions are available at www.phillypops.org/yourway
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2019
Twin Bill Theater Company opens its third theatrical season with the Asian premiere of Mark St. Germain's two-character play DANCING LESSONS. The show will run at the Power Mac Spotlight, Level 2 Circuit Lane, Circuit Makati, on August 16-17 (Fri-Sat.) at 8 p.m. and August 21-24 (Wed.-Sat.) at 8 p.m.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2019
Richard Kline (a?oeThree's Companya??) will join the Broadway cast as Joe tonight, July 24th through Sunday, August 18th. Kline replaces Larry Marshall, who will join the National Tour of Waitress and return to the Broadway cast on Tuesday, August 20th.
by Stephi Wild - Jul 17, 2019
Today's top stories: Waitress will close in January, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella is coming to Broadway, and more!
by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2019
The news getting your spirit down? Let Neil Haskell 'Lift it Up' in the latest video from the Singing Revolution studio sessions. The Euro-pop song, written by Tony Spinosa and James Bearhart for their original musical Singing Revolution, is a rousing anthem in which the lead character, Heinz Tamm, rallies his fellow countrymen into celebrating their cultural pride in the face of a Soviet Union occupation.
by Michael Rabice - Jul 14, 2019
Provincetown will see yet another return visitor when Lucie Arnaz returns to The Crown and Anchor for a one night only concert of her latest act ' I Got The Job: Songs From My Musical Past.' After selling out this same concert last year, producer Rick Murray asked Ms. Arnaz to return with the same show that had audiences cheering. Along with her musical director Ron Abel, the show will play Monday July 22,2019 at 8pm. Arnaz and Abel will bring this show to a many more venues over the next year, including New York's fabled 54 BELOW CLUB this fall .
by BWW News Desk - Jan 24, 2020
The Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) has made its initial announcement of the upcoming 34th Annual MAC Awards. The awards presentation and show will take place on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm, at SONY Hall on 46th Street in New York City.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2020
Stephanie J. Block has released a statement regarding her concerts at Cadogan Hall in London on Sunday 12 April:
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2020
GRETEL!, a new folk rock musical developed as part of the First Stage Foundry Stage Series, combines the tale of HANSEL AND GRETEL with VASILISA THE BRAVE (the Russian Cinderella) into a story family audiences will find both compelling and inspiring.
by Stephen Sorokoff - Aug 9, 2019
Entertainment royalty came out to see show biz royalty last night at Feinstein's/54 Below. Lorna Luft thoroughly enthralled a celebrity filled audience as she shared the music that was a part of her early years. The Beatles were very present in her song list and we learned that Lorna had a major crush on George Harrison. As Lorna related, “coming from a show biz family has it's perks”. She was able to meet them back stage after a concert she attended with her friend Leslie Bogart and her mother Lauren Bacall. Ms. Bacall warned the two youngsters that daughters of celebrities are not supposed to jump up and down and scream, consequently Lorna and Leslie were the only girls in the stadium quietly sitting with a stern look on their faces during The Beatle Concert!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 5, 2019
Broadway star concert producers Club 11 London and Take Two Theatrical are excited to announce that Broadway star and the 2019 Tony Award winning, Stephanie J. Block will make a return London on Sunday 12th April 2020 for two solo concerts at Londons iconic Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2019
Encore by popular demand! Andrea McArdle and Donna McKechnie, two of Broadway's most endearing leading ladies, who starred in two of Broadway's most iconic shows (Annie and A Chorus Line) bring their ever vibrant talent and personal connection to this celebration of two of America's most beloved musical theatre composers: Stephen Sondheim and Marvin Hamlisch.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 29, 2019
This Month, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2019
'Singing Revolution' written by Tony Spinosa and James Bearhart, is a musical that focuses on star-crossed lovers against the very real history of the 40-year occupation of Estonia by the Soviet Union. The writers believe the timing to tell this story couldn't be more perfect.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2019
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, WAITRESS will end its Broadway run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. When the show says goodbye to Broadway, it will have played 33 previews and 1544 performances.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 15, 2019
Birdland will kick-off their exciting month of programming with the following acts:
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2019
Fred Barton and his Broadway Band returns to Feinstein's/54 Below and New York nightlife, with top-drawer guest singers, in a new evening of Broadway gems and Swing rarities, Friday, September 6 at 9:45 PM. As always, Fred presents performers who know how to stop shows, and the songs that let them do it, arranged for the band in his trademark explosive style which has made him the orchestrator of choice for the New York Pops and orchestras around the country.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2019
This Month, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 1, 2019
Martinis Above Fourth | Table + Stage has announced its lineup of shows for September. See the full listings below. 
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2019
Casting has been set for Old Jews Telling Jokes at the Colony Theatre in Burbank, it was announced today by producers Philip Roger Roy and Playhouse Productions, Inc. The visiting production at the Colony is set to open on Thursday, April 25, at 8pm, and the engagement will continue through Sunday, June 16.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2019
Fresh off their Jeff Award nomination for Little Women the Musical, Brown Paper Box Co. is excited to begin their 2019/2020 season with a new cabaret event.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2019
In 1984, young actor, B.J. Cleveland was thrilled to be cast in his very first show at Theatre Arlington as one of the Voices of Vernon Gersch in Neil Simon's They're Playing Our Song. Now, 35 years later and with a more than a few shows under his belt, Cleveland is proud to return to the TA stage in the same musical, but this time he is taking the lead. This funny, romantic musical comedy with music by Marvin Hamlisch and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager opens in downtown Arlington on Friday, May 3rd.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2019
A new partnership between Madison Marquette's historic Paramount Theatre and the Axelrod Performing Arts Center [APAC] is set to bring two professionally-produced musical concerts - featuring Broadway stars - to the Asbury Park Boardwalk this summer.