Alan Is King of the Promenade, as Mr. Goldwyn Begins Previews

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Actor-comedian Alan King spent last summer in Poughkeepsie playing legendary film producer Samuel Goldwyn, and now he'll spend the winter (at least) in New York City doing the same thing. Mr. Goldwyn by Marsha Lebby and John Lollos, will begin previews at the Promenade Theatre on Feb. 26 for an opening on March 13. Gene Saks directs. The play is presented by the Manhattan Project, Ltd., and Emma Luke Productions, LLC.

King starred in the world premiere of Mr. Goldwyn at New York Stage and Film, at the Powerhouse Theatre on the Vassar College campus, last July and August. Saks directed there as well.

Sam Goldwyn — nee Sam Goldfish — rose from birth in Warsaw and childhood poverty in New York City to become one of the most powerful producers of Hollywood's early days. Independent, with an aversion to partnerships, he formed Samuel Goldwyn Productions in 1923 and went on to produce such pictures as "Dead End," "Stella Dallas," "Wuthering Heights," "Ball of Fire," "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "The Bishop's Wife." He is perhaps best remembered these days, however, for his twisted way with words. Among the "Goldwynisms" he coined are "Include me out," "Anyone who sees a psychiatrist ought to have their head examined," and "A verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's written on."

Comic and film actor King has appeared in such movies as "Night and the City," "Enemies: A Love Story" and "Bonfire of the Vanities." For some years, he has been slated to star in a developing Cy Coleman musical called It's Good to Be Alive, in which he would play the acting managing director of a struggling theatrical troupe in the '20s, during the heyday of Yiddish theatre in New York City. —By Robert Simonson