The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the cast for Neil Simon's Hotel Suite, which starts previews at the Gramercy Theatre on May. 19. The limited engagement opens June 15. Hotel Suite will feature Helen Carey (Tony nominated for London Assurance), Randy Graff (Tony Award winner for City of Angels), Leigh Lawson (played Sidney in the Royal Shakespeare Company production of A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Ron Orbach (Laughter on the 23rd Floor).
The production will be helmed by director John Tillinger, whose Broadway directing credits include Night Must Fall, Getting and Spending, The Sunshine Boys, Inherit the Wind, Broken Glass, The Price, Love Letters and the Tony-nominated Loot.
The Simon play Hotel Suite comprises four scenes which are taken from three of the playwright's earlier works. The scenes are, in order of appearance, Visitors from London, about an Oscar-nominated English actress and her husband, and Visitor from Philadelphia, about a couple from Philadelphia, one of whom wakes up with a stranger (both of these scenes are from Simon's California Suite); Diana and Sydney which is a second look on the English couple from the first scene (from London Suite); and Visitor from Mamaroneck, about a bride with pre-wedding jitters (from Simon's Plaza Suite).
Hotel Suite was first produced in 1999 at the Walnut Street Theatre in Pennsylvania. That production starred Marina Sirtis, popularly known as the alluring counselor Deanna Troi from "Star Trek: Next Generation."
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon has been produced on Broadway numerous times, and has been represented on stage by more than 30 different plays, according to production sources. His theatrical credits include Barefoot in the Park, Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Lost in Yonkers, The Odd Couple and The Sunshine Boys. Simon wrote the book for the musicals Little Me, Promises, Promises, They're Playing Our Song and Sweet Charity. As a screenwriter, Simon's credits include "Murder by Death," "The Heartbreak Kid" and "The Out of Towners" as well as adaptations of his original plays. The production team for the show will be set designer James Noone, costume designer Theoni V. Aldredge, lighting designer Kevin Adams and sound designer G. Thomas Clark.
Tickets are $55. The Gramercy Theatre is located at 127 East 23rd Street. For tickets call the Gramercy Theatre at (212) 777-4900 or TicketMaster at (212) 307-4100.
-- By Murdoch McBride