45 Seconds from Broadway

by  Neil Simon

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  6m, 6f

From America's master of Contemporary Broadway Comedy, here is another revealing comedy behind the scenes in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district. 45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary "Polish Tea Room" on New York's 47th Street. 

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45 Seconds from Broadway

by  Neil Simon

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 6f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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From America's master of Contemporary Broadway Comedy, here is another revealing comedy behind the scenes in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district. 45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary "Polish Tea Room" on New York's 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities washed-up and on-the-rise, gather to schmooz even as they lose. This touching valentine to New York offers great acting roles as Neil Simon continues his exploration of the foibles and funny in the human comedy.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The play may have the rat-a-tat pace of a Marx Brothers movie, but it exists not to create Groucho-like anarchy but to weave fractured lives into healing harmony." – The New York Times, Read More

"A warm-spirited tribute... a theatrical valentine." – Variety, Read More

"With a handsome, well-acted production and plenty of Simon zingers, there's much to enjoy." – CurtainUp, Read More

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A coffee shop in New York
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 6f
ZELDA
MICKEY FOX
BERNIE
BESSIE JAMES
HARRY FOX
RAYLEEN
CINDY
SOLOMON MANTUTU
ANDREW DUNCAN
ARLEEN
MEGAN WOODS
CHARLES W. BROWNING III
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Authors

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 to Lost 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 Coupl ...

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45 Seconds from Broadway was first presented on Broadway by Emanuel Azenberg, Ira Pittelman, James Nederlander, Scott Nederlander, and Keven McCollum at the Richard Rogers Theatre on November 11, 2001. It was directed by Jerry Zaks.

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