Broadhurst Theatre, (12/20/1972 - 10/27/1973)
Shubert Theatre, (10/30/1973 - 2/09/1974)
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, (2/11/1974 - 4/21/1974)

First Preview: Dec 18, 1972
Opening Date: Dec 20, 1972
Closing Date: Apr 21, 1974
Total Previews: 2
Total Performances: 538

Category: Play, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: An apartment in an old hotel on upper Broadway in New York City, a television studio and Willie's apartment. The present.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Executive Directors: Irving Goldman, Bernard B. Jacobs, Gerald Schoenfeld)

Produced by Emanuel Azenberg and Eugene V. Wolsk

Originally produced by Nancy Enterprises, Inc.

Written by Neil Simon; All voices and instruments in "Lipton Tea Commerical" by Don Elliott; "Lipton Tea Commercial" arranged by Lee Schumer

Directed by Alan Arkin

Scenic Design by Kert Lundell; Costume Design by Albert Wolsky; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser

General Manager: Jose Véga

Stage Manager: Tom Porter; Production Supervisor: Tom Porter

Press Representative: Solters / Sabinson / Roskin Inc., Harvey B. Sabinson and Cheryl Sue Dolby; Casting: Otto & Windsor; Assistant to the Director: Ted Chapin; Advertising: Ingram Ash, Matthew Serino and The Blaine Thompson Company; Photographer: Martha Swope

Opening Night Cast

Jack AlbertsonWillie Clark
Sam LeveneAl Lewis
Lewis J. StadlenBen Silverman
John BatisteEddie
Minnie GentryRegistered Nurse
Lee MeredithSketch Nurse
Beatrice TremaineTelevision Announcer
Recorded voice only
Joe YoungPatient

Understudies: John Batiste (Ben Silverman), Cynthia Belgrave (Registered Nurse), Clement Fowler (Al Lewis), Darlene Parks (Sketch Nurse) and George Rando (Eddie, Patient)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1973 Best Play [nominee] 

Written by Neil Simon; Produced by Emanuel Azenberg and Eugene V. Wolsk

 1973 Best Actor in Play [nominee] 

Jack Albertson

 1973 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

Alan Arkin

Drama Desk Award

winner 1973 Outstanding Performance [winner] 

Jack Albertson

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Broadhurst Theatre

(12/20/1972 - 10/27/1973)

Hair Design by John Quaglia; Assistant to Mr. Vega: Douglas Baker; Assistant to Ms. Musser: Spencer Mosse.

Assistant Stage Mgr: James Bernardi.

Understudy: James Bernardi (Eddie, Patient).

Shubert Theatre

(10/30/1973 - 2/9/1974)

Stage Manager: James Bernardi, Joe Calvan.


John Batiste
Ben Silverman
Jack Gilford
Willie Clark
Jeremy Stevens

Standby: Arny Freeman (Willie Clark).

Understudy: Rosetta LeNoire (Registered Nurse), Sandra O'Neil (Sketch Nurse), Jeremy Stevens (Ben Silverman).

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

(2/11/1974 - 4/21/1974)


Lou Jacobi
Al Lewis

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