Brighton Beach Memoirs At The Nederlander Theatre

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Nederlander Theater

208 West 41st Street

2 Hours and 30 Minutes - One 15 Minute Intermission

Oct 25, 2009 (Open-Ended)

Broadway Play (Comedy)

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The Broadway revival of Brighton Beach Memoirs previewed at the Nederlander Theatre on October 2, 2009 and opened on October 25, after 25 well accepted previews. Penned by America’s very popular playwright, Neil Simon, the comedy is directed by David Cromer. It features a cast of:

Laurie Metcalf (Kate Jerome, aged 38)
Dennis Boutsikaris (Jack Jerome, aged around 40)
Santino Fontana (Stanley Jerome, aged 18½)
Jessica Hecht (Blanche Morton, aged 40)
Gracie Bea Lawrence (Laurie Morton, aged 13)
Noah Robbins (Eugene Jerome, aged almost 15), and
Alexandra Socha (Nora Morton, aged16½)

Brighton Beach Memoirs Neaderlander Theater returned to Broadway as its first revival after nearly 17 years.

The Play

The story is set in the Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn, New York in 1937. Said to be autobiographical, this play by Neil Simon is the first of the trilogy that consists of two others - Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound.

This is the story of Eugene Jerome, a Polish Jewish teenager who lives with his family in the times after the Great Depression. He shares his family home with his father, Jack; his overbearing mother, Kate; his older brother Stanley; his widowed aunt and Kate’s sister Blanche; and Blanche’s daughters, Nora and Laurie.

Along with trying to deal with his family, Eugene, who is experiencing puberty, also has to deal with his sexual awakening and his search for identity.

The Nederlander Theatre

Brighton Beach Memoirs Neaderlander Theater previewed at this famous theatre on Oct 2, 2009. Located in the Times Square theatre district, the Nederlander Theatre is formally known as the David T. Nederlander Theatre. The theatre has a seating capacity of 1,232 and is one of the nine Broadway theatres in the Nederlander Group.

Originally known as the National Theatre, it was built by Walter C, Jordan in 1921. In 1959, it was renamed as the Billy Rose Theatre, when the impresario, showman, and lyricist William ‘Billy’ Rose became the owner/operator of the theatre. It received its present name in 1980 after the estate of Billy Rose disposed it off in 1978.

Since 1921, the Nederlander has presented many excellent plays that include Cyrano de Bergerac, Private Lives, Julius Caesar, King Lear, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. It also has the distinction of presenting Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music, for which she won a special Tony Award.

Today, the Nederlander Theatre is being run by the third generation of the Nederlander family as owners/operators.

The Sudden Closing

Brighton Beach Memoirs was presented by the famous Nederlander Theatre. However, unfortunately, the producers of the play abruptly closed the production after just 9 performances and 25 previews on November 1. Prior to this, the production had received respectable reviews.

The decision has sent shock waves throughout the Broadway theatre district. The revival was expected to do as well as its original version, which opened at the Alvin Theatre on March 27, 1983. The play had then lasted for 1299 performances.

It is understood that Brighton Beach Memoirs Neaderlander Theater did not do well as far as ticket sales were concerned.

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