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Broderick and Parker Head to Boston, Broadway with 'Plaza Suite'

Tuesday Sep 10, 2019
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker (Photo by Little Fang.jpg)
Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker (Photo by Little Fang.jpg)  

Ambassador Theatre Group, Gavin Kalin Productions and Hal Luftig announced today that two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker will return to Broadway in the first-ever New York revival of Neil Simon's classic comedy about marriage, "Plaza Suite," in a production by Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey.

The production will play the Emerson Colonial Theatre from February 5 — 22 before moving to Broadway's Hudson Theatre (141 West 44th Street) for a 17-week run. Previews beginning March 13, 2020, and an official opening night set for April 13, 2020.

"Plaza Suite" will mark the first time Broderick and Parker will share a Broadway stage since the 1995 revival of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." This event will also mark Broderick's return to the words of Neil Simon, having won his first Tony Award for creating the role of Eugene Jerome in Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs," followed by its sequel, "Biloxi Blues."

Looking back on his three-decade-long collaboration with the legendary playwright, Broderick said, "It was my great good fortune that my very first Broadway play was written by Neil Simon. He also wrote my first film. I owe him a career. The theater has lost a brilliantly funny, unthinkably wonderful writer and even after all this time, I feel I have lost a mentor, a father figure, a deep influence in my life and work."

Prior to going to New York, in a move reminiscent of the golden age of Broadway when stars would take plays out of town, Broderick and Parker will travel with the production to Boston for a strictly limited 22-performance pre-Broadway engagement at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, the same theater where "Plaza Suite" had its 1968 world premiere and in 1976, Parker made her Boston stage debut as Flora in the pre-Broadway engagement of "The Innocents."

"Plaza Suite" will then play a strictly limited 17-week Broadway engagement at Hudson Theatre (141 West 44th Street), with previews beginning March 13, 2020, and an official opening night set for April 13, 2020.

Two world-class actors play three hilarious couples in this uproarious and piercing look at love and marriage from legendary playwright and Pulitzer Prize winner Neil Simon. This new production will mark the first revival of a Neil Simon play following his passing last August at the age of 91. He is remembered as one of the most celebrated, successful and beloved writers in Broadway history having written more than 30 plays and musicals.

When "Plaza Suite "first opened on Broadway in 1968, directed by Mike Nichols and starring George C. Scott and Maureen Stapleton, it ran for nearly three years and played a total of 1,097 performances. Simon and Stapleton were nominated for Tony Awards for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play, respectively, while Nichols won the Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play. In 1971, Simon adapted the play for a big-screen adaptation starring Walter Matthau, Stapleton, Barbara Harris, and Lee Grant. In 1982, HBO broadcast a taping of a live stage performance of "Plaza Suite" starring Lee Grant and Jerry Orbach. In 1987, Carol Burnett opposite Hal Holbrook, Dabney Coleman, and Richard Crenna starred in a television movie adaptation of the play co-directed by Roger Beatty and Kenny Solms.

The design team for "Plaza Suite" is two-time Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty (set design), Tony Award winner Jane Greenwood (costume design), five-time Tony Award winner Brian MacDevitt (lighting design), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer (sound design) and Jim Carnahan (casting director). Plaza Suite is general managed by 101 Productions, Ltd.

Additional information, including complete casting, will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the pre-Broadway Boston engagement start at $59.50 and are on sale exclusively for American Express® Card Members today, Tuesday, September 10, 2019. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public through Wednesday, September 24, 2019, at 11:59 pm by visiting emersoncolonialtheatre.com, by calling 888.616.0272 or by visiting the box office at the Emerson Colonial Theatre at 106 Boylston Street in Boston. The box office is open Tuesday through Friday at 12 pm, Saturday at 10 am and closed on Sunday and Monday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to standard service fees. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting at 10 am on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

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