The Revival Of Brighton Beach Memoirs

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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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Wed & Sat 2pm

Mon through Sat 8pm

Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs came back to Broadway after sixteen and a half years. This revival of the comedy opened on October 25 at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway.

The comedy is directed by David Cromer, and has a cast featuring:

Laurie Metcalf as Kate Jerome
Dennis Boutsikaris as Jack Jerome
Santino Fontana as Stanley Jerome
Jessica Hecht as Blanche
Gracie Bea Lawrence as Laurie
Noah Robbins as Eugene Jerome, and
Alexandra Socha as Nora.

Brighton Beach Memoirs, the autobiographical play of Neil Simon previewed at Nederlander Theatre on October 2, 2009, as its first Broadway revival.

The Play

Neil Simon drew inspiration for the play from the history of his own family. Brighton Beach Memoirs is part of the trilogy of plays that include Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound. The three plays are interlinked and tell the story of Eugene Morris Jerome, a Brooklyn teenager from the era of the Great Depression, who developed into a comedy writer.

The story is about Eugene Jerome and his family who share living space in the Brighton Beach area of Brooklyn in the post-depression era of 1937. The extended family consists of 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.

The story is about his daydreaming to become a baseball player, coping with his family’s problems, his discovery of the opposite sex and his development as a storyteller.

Brighton Beach Memoirs originally opened on the Broadway nearly 17 years ago at the Alvin Theatre on March 27, 1983. During the run of the show the Alvin Theatre was renamed The Neil Simon Theatre. The original run of the play lasted for 1299 performances.

The revival of the comedy is being uniquely presented as a double by pairing it with its inter-related play Broadway Bound. Both the plays share the same characters and take the journey of Eugene Jerome forward. Broadway Bound, set in the late 1940s, is also directed by the same director and was slated to begin with previews on November 18 and open on December 10.

The opening night at the Nederlander Theatre saw many well known people from the world of entertainment in attendance. These included Terrence McNally, Alexander Hansom, Bill Irwin, Michael Greif, James Lipton, Kate Baldwin, and Betsy Aidem, among a host of others. James Nederlander, both father and son, and New York’s mayor Mike Bloomberg were also in attendance.

The Closing

Unfortunately, though Brighton Beach Memoirs received respectable reviews after it opened on October 25 at the Nederlander Theatre, the comedy abruptly closed on November 1, after just 9 performances and 25 previews.

Though the reasons for this abrupt end to the performances are not known, it is rumored that this is due to very low ticket sales. This has also put paid to the related production of Broadway Bound which was to preview on November 18. What came as a shock to Broadway is the sudden closure despite the positive critical reaction the play received. Check out a huge online selection of Brighton Beach Memoirs tickets by clicking the link.

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