Simon revival to begin previews in January
Amanda Peet, Patrick Wilson, Tony Roberts and Jill Clayburgh will star in the Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s play “Barefoot in the Park.” Scott Elliott directs the production, which will begin rehearsals Dec. 26, previews in late January and open in mid-February at a theater to be named.
Production will be the first Broadway staging of the play since its 1963 premiere, which was directed by Mike Nichols and ran for 1,530 perfs.
Peet and Wilson will play the central newlyweds Corie and Paul Bratter, roles originated by Elizabeth Ashley and Robert Redford. Roberts, who at one point played Paul in the original production, will this time portray eccentric neighbor Victor Velasco. Clayburgh, making her first Broadway appearance since the 1984 production of “Design for Living,” will play Corie’s mother.
Producers are Robyn Goodman and Roy Gabay, with Walter Grossman, Geoffrey Rich and Ruth Hendel, in association with Paramount Pictures. Par produced the 1967 film version with Redford and Jane Fonda.
“Barefoot” makes the upcoming season a big one for Simon, whose play “The Odd Couple” begins this October in a revival with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. Both plays ran simultaneously in the mid-1960s and solidified Simon’s reputation as a scribe of blockbuster comedies.
Production came about when Elliott approached Goodman with the idea. Elliott then staged a reading last year with the foursome who were eventually cast.
Lead producers Goodman and Gabay teamed on the currently running “Steel Magnolias” and the hit 2002 Broadway play “Metamorphoses.” Goodman’s “Avenue Q” also is still on the boards.