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The Heights Players celebrate family love and mishegoss this January

“Broadway Bound” is being performed in Brooklyn Heights through Jan. 19. Photo by Joe Pacifico. Headshots courtesy of The Heights Players

‘Broadway Bound’ Performances Through Jan. 19 in Brooklyn Heights

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Family is more than blood. It is love, caring, shared values and sometimes, putting the needs of others before yourself. This describes the Jerome family of Neil Simon's “Broadway Bound,” now being performed by The Heights Players in Brooklyn Heights. “Broadway Bound” is the last installment in Simon’s acclaimed autobiographical trilogy, which includes “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Biloxi Blues,” and is a deeply moving account of courage and wisdom, which happens to be wickedly funny.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, “Broadway Bound” harkens back to 1949 in Brighton Beach. A family home familiar to many is the setting as brothers Eugene and Stanley are trying to live the dream of becoming professional comedy writers. Not an easy undertaking in anyone’s book, but for Eugene and Stanly it becomes complicated as they learn of family troubles. A moving story of courage, wisdom and yet humor, “Broadway Bound” is a show to warm up even the coldest of Januarys. The New York Times said the play “contains some of the author’s most accomplished writing.” And the New York Daily News stated the show was “expectedly funny and unexpectedly moving.”

“Broadway Bound” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Photo by Joe Pacifico

Directed by James Martinelli, the cast of the Heights Players production of “Broadway Bound” includes Philip James as Eugene Jerome, an aspiring writer who finds a world of humor in the midst of his family's "mishegoss." Jon Horton is his showbiz-hungry older brother, Stanley. Meg Dooley and Daniel Tighe, respectively, play Kate and Jack Jerome, Eugene and Stanley’s put upon parents. Jodee Timpone is cast as Kate's sister, Blanche. And then there is Ben Epstein, Kate's socialist father, played by Fred Greico. 

Performances take place at 26 Willow Place (between State and Joralemon streets in Brooklyn Heights), and dates are Jan. 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8:00 p.m., and January 12 and 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $18 for seniors and children under 18. Tickets can be ordered by email (hpreservations@gmail.com) or by phone (718) 237-2752. Cash, check and TDF voucher are all acceptable forms of payment. No credit cards.

 Jonathon Horton

Philip James (Eugene Jerome)

Meg Dooley (Kate Jerome)

Daniel Tigh (Jack Jerome)

Fred Grieco (Ben Epstein)

Jodee Timpone (Blanche)

Susan Bucci (Mrs. Pitkin)

Robert Aloi (Chubby Waters (1))

Al Whidden (Chubby Waters (2))

January 8, 2014 - 11:00am


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