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45 Seconds from Broadway

45 Seconds from Broadway
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Author: Neil Simon
Publisher: Samuel French
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 90
Pub. Date: 2011
ISBN-10: 0573628505
ISBN-13: 9780573628504
Cast Size: 6 women, 6 men
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About the Play:

45 Seconds from Broadway is a full-length comedy by Neil Simon. From America's master of Contemporary Broadway Comedy, this uproariously funny play takes place in the Polish Tea Room where an assortment of theatrical types who frequent the establishment, from a controversial comedian to a fading actress to matinee ladies, are all taken care of by the couple who run the restaurant.

45 Seconds from Broadway is a heart-warming comedy that takes us behind the scenes in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of New York City's theatre district. The title refers to the amount of time it takes to walk to Broadway from the play's setting, the popular Broadway district eatery Café Edison on New York's 47th Street. Part homage and part farce, this play is Neil Simon's tribute to what he calls "the last bastion of what used to be the greatness of Broadway Theater!" Before giant productions of singing jungle animals took over the Great White Way, there were actual plays on Broadway, and those plays started in coffee shops like the one in which this play is set. Nicknamed the Polish Tea Room, in homage to the couple who run it, here Broadway theatre personalities – both washed-up and on-the-rise – gather to gossip and schmooze 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.

45 Seconds from Broadway premiered in 2001 on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. The play is regularly performed in regional repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 6 women, 6 men

What people say:

"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

"A warm-spirited tribute... a theatrical valentine." — Variety

"With 45 Seconds from Broadway Mr. Simon is back to doing what he does best: straight comedy peppered with one-liners." — CurtainUp

About the Playwright:

Neil Simon (1927-2018) was America's most prolific playwright. He had dozens of plays and nearly as many major motion pictures produced. He was showered with more Academy and Tony nominations than any other writer, and is the only playwright to have four Broadway productions running simultaneously. His plays have been produced in dozens of languages, and have been blockbuster hits from Beijing to Moscow. His true success, however, is in his unique way of exposing something real in the American spirit.

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