CELEBRATE NEIL SIMON
WITH BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
AT THE MALTZ JUPITER THEATRE
Only a few seats remain for the Theatre’s production of the beloved playwright’s award-winning semi-autobiographical play about navigating the waters of adolescence in 1937 Brooklyn
February 20, 2020 (Jupiter) – Growing up isn’t easy.
Just ask 15-year-old Eugene Morris Jerome, the teen at the center of Neil Simon’s beloved Brighton Beach Memoirs who grapples with coming of age during The Great Depression in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York.
As the pressures of the impending war unfold around him, Eugene navigates the waters of adolescence and family dynamics in Simon’s touching, funny and unforgettable semi-autobiographical play, onstage at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre February 23 through March 8.
“Neil Simon’s award-winning Brighton Beach Memoirs is a timeless story that offers a glimpse of life in pre-World War II America but also transcends generations – and our audiences know that it’s something not to be missed,” said Andrew Kato, the Theatre’s producing artistic director and chief executive. “For the second time in a row this season, the show’s run is nearly completely sold out, with only a few final tickets that remain. I’d like to encourage local theatregoers not to wait and to buy tickets now for the final production of our season, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”
The first chapter in what is known as Simon’s Eugene trilogy (preceding Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound), Brighton Beach Memoirs premiered on Broadway in 1983 starring Matthew Broderick, where it earned three Tony Awards® and became the last non-musical play to run over 1,000 consecutive performances on Broadway. The New York Post called the play Simon’s “best play yet,” and it was later adapted into a 1986 film starring Jonathan Silverman.
Directed by award-winning South Florida director J. Barry Lewis (whose recent work at the Theatre includes A Doll’s House, Part 2, An Inspector Calls, Disgraced, Frost/Nixon, Glengarry Glen Ross, Dial M for Murder and Doubt: A Parable), the play will feature a cast of seven acclaimed actors, including many from South Florida. The cast includes Anthony Zambito as Eugene (whose credits include Peter Pan), Avi Hoffman as Jack (known for his Drama Desk-nominated Yiddish-language production of Death of a Salesman, as well as his one-man shows), Laura Turnbull as Kate (seen recently as Mrs. Pott’s in the Theatre’s hit production of Disney Beauty and the Beast), Alex Walton as Stanley (seen recently in Next to Normal and Hair), Margery Lowe as Blanche (who recently closed the world premiere of Ordinary Americans at Palm Beach Dramaworks), Krystal Millie Valdes as Nora (The House of Blue Leaves at Palm Beach Dramaworks) and Alexa Lasanta as Laurie (the recent national tour of The Sound of Music).
“Writing at the peak of a brilliant theatrical career, Simon wrote about family; his family, our family and every family,” Lewis said. “Through his work, we are able to identify ourselves on stage as we observe the challenges of growing together, day to day, and often dealing with nothing more important than the simple joys of sharing a meal together.”
The production will showcase the artistry of a host of talented designers, including scenic designer Anne Mundell (A Doll’s House, Part 2, Born Yesterday, Disgraced, The Audience, Frost/Nixon, Glengarry Glen Ross and Other Desert Cities), lighting designer Kirk Bookman (A Doll’s House, Part 2, An Inspector Calls, Hairspray, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Glengarry Glen Ross), costume designer Tracy Dorman (A Doll’s House, Part 2, An Inspector Calls, Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps and Agatha Christie: The Mousetrap), hair and wig designer Gerard Kelly (who has designed for Hair on Broadway and on London’s West End) and award-winning resident sound designer Marty Mets.
Patrons may purchase tickets for club level premium seats in the Theatre’s premium space, The Green Room, and enjoy the stylish lounge and amenities throughout the season. Amenities include spacious 23” seats, a lounge with a private bar and restrooms, one free drink of choice with ticket purchase (evening performances only for season shows), panoramic views of the stage and a private entrance and elevator. Groups who purchase all 62 Club Level seats to a performance receive full access to The Green Room Club Level Lounge at no additional charge to host a private event, such as a catered dinner or cocktail party.
Brighton Beach Memoirs is sponsored by Bob and Patty Hendrickson.
Single tickets for Brighton Beach Memoirs and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying start at $62. For tickets and showtimes, call (561) 575-2223 or visit www.jupitertheatre.org. For more information on bringing your group to the Theatre, contact group sales associate Lina Lacy at (561) 972-6117.
About the Maltz Jupiter Theatre
The not-for-profit Maltz Jupiter Theatre has become one of Florida’s preeminent professional theatres, committed to production and education through its collaborations with local and national artists. Currently the state’s largest award-winning regional theatre, the Theatre draws 100,000 people annually, serves a subscription base of more than 8,230 and has world-class classroom facilities in support of its Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts, which serves hundreds of youth and adults. The Theatre is a member of the prestigious League of Resident Theatres. For more information about the Theatre’s upcoming shows and Conservatory, visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call the box office at (561) 575-2223.
Brighton Beach Memoirs
February 23 – March 8, 2020
By Neil Simon
Centered on the relatable angst of growing up, Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs follows 15-year-old Eugene Jerome as he navigates the waters of adolescence. Set in 1937 Brooklyn, Simon’s award-winning play perfectly captures a classic coming-of-age story surrounded by identifiable family characters as they confront the pressures of the impending war. Celebrate the life and works of Neil Simon with a production of his most memorable play. Sponsored by Bob and Patty Hendrickson. Visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call (561) 575-2223 for showtimes; tickets start at $62.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
March 17 – April 5, 2020
Book by Abe Burrows, Jack Weinstock, Willie Gilbert
Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Frank Loesser’s satiric score pokes fun at big business in this nine-time Tony Award®-winning musical. J. Pierrepont Finch discovers a handbook that shows him how to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive. Filled with iconic tunes such as “The Brotherhood of Man” and “Company Way,” How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will have you laughing at all-too-familiar office scenarios. Sponsored by John Osher, Priscilla Heublein and Jana and Ken Kahn, LRP Media Group and Carol and Jack Parker. Visit www.jupitertheatre.org or call (561) 575-2223 for showtimes; tickets start at $62.