"The Goodbye Girl" co-stars Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason will team again on another Neil Simon project, a London production of the playwright's The Prisoner of Second Avenue . The venture will be produced by long-time Simon backer Emanuel Azenberg and Duncan Weldon, and will tour England for five weeks, preceding a 20-week stay at London's Haymarket Theatre. The show will open in mid-March 1999.
Dreyfuss and Mason have seen a lot of each other lately. This past summer, they shared the stage in Sag Harbor, Long Island, in the Bay Street Theatre staging of Jon Robin Baitz and Terrence McNally's new play House . They first co-starred in "The Goodbye Girl," the 1977 movie which won Dreyfuss an Oscar.
Second Avenue tells the story of Mel Edison, a Manhattanite who loses his job and grows increasingly demented with life at home. The original 1971 Broadway production starred Peter Falk and Lee Grant and ran 780 performances.
No director has been named for the London engagement.
-- By Robert Simonson