Richard Rodgers Theatre, (2/21/1991 - 1/03/1993)

First Preview: Feb 12, 1991
Opening Date: Feb 21, 1991
Closing Date: Jan 03, 1993
Total Previews: 11
Total Performances: 780

Category: Play, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: A two-bedroom apartment over Kurnitz's Kandy Store. Yonkers, NY. 1942.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Nederlander Organization (James M. Nederlander: Chairman; Robert E. Nederlander: President; Arthur Rubin: Vice-President)

Produced by Emanuel Azenberg

Originally performed at the Stevens Center of the North Carolina School of the Arts

Written by Neil Simon

Directed by Gene Saks

Scenic Design by Santo Loquasto; Costume Design by Santo Loquasto; Lighting Design by Tharon Musser; Sound Design by Tom Morse

General Manager: Leonard Soloway; Company Manager: Brian Dunbar

Technical Supervisor: Theatrical Services, Inc.; Production Supervisor: Peter Lawrence; Stage Manager: Jim Woolley

Casting: Jay Binder; General Press Representative: Bill Evans & Associates; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Martha Swope

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Opening Night Cast

Mercedes RuehlBella
(Feb 12, 1991 - Aug 24, 1991)
Kevin SpaceyLouie
(Feb 12, 1991 - Aug 10, 1991)
Irene WorthGrandma Kurnitz
(Feb 12, 1991 - Aug 24, 1991)
Mark BlumEddie
Danny GerardArty
Lauren KleinGert
Jamie MarshJay

Standby: David Chandler (Eddie, Louie), Didi Conn (Bella, Gert), Pauline Flanagan (Grandma Kurnitz), David Neipris (Jay) and Justin Strock (Arty)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 1991 Best Play [winner] 

Written by Neil Simon; Produced by Emanuel Azenberg

winner 1991 Best Actress in a Play [winner] 

Mercedes Ruehl

winner 1991 Best Featured Actor in a Play [winner] 

Kevin Spacey

winner 1991 Best Featured Actress in a Play [winner] 

Irene Worth

 1991 Best Direction of a Play [nominee] 

Gene Saks

Drama Desk Award

winner 1991 Outstanding New Play [winner] 

Produced by Emanuel Azenberg; Written by Neil Simon

winner 1991 Outstanding Actress in a Play [winner] 

Mercedes Ruehl

winner 1991 Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play [winner] 

Kevin Spacey

winner 1991 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play [winner] 

Irene Worth

 1991 Outstanding Costumes [nominee] 

Santo Loquasto

Pulitzer Prize

winner 1991 for Drama [winner] 

Written by Neil Simon

Replacement/Transfer Info

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

Richard Rodgers Theatre

(2/21/1991 - 1/3/1993)
Assistant Costume Design: Mitchell Bloom.

Assistant Co. Mgr: Richard Biederman; Company Manager: Richard Biederman.

Production Stage Manager: Peter B. Mumford.


Lucie Arnaz
Bella (Jun 2, 1992 - Nov 29, 1992)
David Chandler
Didi Conn
Bella (Dec 17, 1992 - Jan 3, 1993)
Benny Grant
Rosemary Harris
Grandma Kurnitz (Oct 14, 1991 - May 31, 1992)
Jane Hoffman
Grandma Kurnitz
Anne Jackson
Grandma Kurnitz
Timothy Jerome
Jane Kaczmarek
Bella (Aug 26, 1991 - May 31, 1992)
Bella (1992 - Dec 16, 1992)
Bruno Kirby
Louie (Aug 12, 1991 - Dec 14, 1991)
Brian Markinson
Mercedes McCambridge
Grandma Kurnitz (Aug 26, 1991 - Oct 12, 1991)
Alan Rosenberg
Louie (Dec 16, 1991 - Jan 29, 1992)
Louie (Mar 5, 1992 - ?)
Graham Sack
Arty (circa. 1992 - ?)
Isa Thomas
Grandma Kurnitz
Steve Vinovich
Eddie (Jun 2, 1992 - ?)
Scott Wentworth
Louie (Jan 30, 1992 - Mar 4, 1992)

Standbys: Leslie Ayvazian (Bella, Gert), Irene Dailey (Grandma Kurnitz), Mike Damus (Arty), Jane Hoffman (Grandma Kurnitz), Marge Kotlisky (Grandma Kurnitz), Eric Kushnick (Arty), Bobby Sacher (Jay), Carolyn Swift (Bella, Gert), Richard Ziman (Eddie, Louie).

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