Neil Simon isn't the only member of his family with a play opening this fall. While his 45 Seconds From Broadway arrives at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in October, daughter Ellen Simon's comedy Moonlight and Valentino comes to the BroadHollow Theater in Bethpage, LI, Sept. 8-30.
The play revolves around the recently widowed Rebecca (played by Carolyn Popadin), who is coping with the accidental death of her husband, as her friends and family rally around her in support. When a sexy male painter enters her life to paint her home, she discovers that laughter can be the best medicine.
According to Newsday's "On The Isle" column (Sept. 4), Simon penned Moonlight after the death of her own husband. The piece debuted at North Carolina's Duke University and eventually became a 1995 David Anspaugh film, for which Simon also wrote the screenplay.
Doug Lillie, who appeared in BroadHollow's production of As Bees in Honey Drown, directs. The cast also includes Deborah Engel, Karen Rowan and Constance Moore.
Tickets are $16 to $18. The theatre is located at 200 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, LI. For information, call (631) 581-2700. — by Diane Snyder