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Broadway Bound - Full Length Play, Comedy

Broadway Bound

Neil Simon

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573690532

Finalist! 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Drama

"Contains some of the author's most accomplished writing." - The New York Times

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Full Length Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Stage & Screen)

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Tony, Pulitzer, From Broadway

NOMINEE - 1987 Tony Award, Best Play
NOMINEE - 1987 Drama Desk Award, Best Play
FINALIST - 1987 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
Part three of Neil Simon's acclaimed autobiographical trilogy 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.


REVIEWS

"Contains some of the author's most accomplished writing." - The New York Times

"A lovely play; warm, perceptive and gently humorous." - Newsday

"Expectedly funny and unexpectedly moving." - New York Daily News


Broadway Bound opened on Broadway on November 25th, 1986 under the direction of Gene Saks.
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4m, 2f

KATE
BEN
EUGENE
STAN
BLANCHE
JACK
ANNOUNCER
CHUBBY WATERS
MRS. PITKIN

Author
Neil Simon

Neil Simon

American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon is widely regarded as one of the most successful, prolific and performed playwrights in the world. In addition toLost In Yonkers, which won a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, his plays and musicals include Come Blow Your Horn, Little Me, Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, The Star-Spangled Girl, Plaza Suite, Promises, Promises, Last ... view full profile

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Max Bisantz 4/22/2013 1:58 PM
The final chapter of Simon's "Eugene Trilogy," Broadway Bound is perhaps the least appreciated of the three. Unlike Biloxi Blues and Brighton Beach Memoirs, which comedically take on the awkwardly pains of adolescence, Broadway Bound is a poignant play about falling apart. Set in the years following World War II, our heroes Eugene and Stanley are fully grown and struggling to make a living as comedy writers. Still living in their childhood home, the brothers attempt to keep their own lives in check as they piece together the crumbling remains of their parent's marriage.

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Broadway Bound cracks open the facade to reveal the hurt and pain behind even the most unassuming comedy. Eugene and Stanley's radio plays are direct mimics of their own family's dynamics, pushing the family even farther past the breaking point. Using the device of their grandfather's ailing health as a metaphor,  Simon skillfully weaves comedy and mirth into what could be a heavy handed evening, ensuring Broadway Bound as a successful finale to the trilogy.

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