Report: Mr. Goldwyn, with Alan King, to Play West End

News   Report: Mr. Goldwyn, with Alan King, to Play West End Mr. Goldwyn, the comic bio-play about producer Samuel Goldwyn, starring actor comedian Alan King, will bow in London next spring, Variety reported.

Mr. Goldwyn, the comic bio-play about producer Samuel Goldwyn, starring actor comedian Alan King, will bow in London next spring, Variety reported.

King ended an Off-Broadway run of the play June 9. The Comedy Theatre in the West End will be the two-hander's home. Opening night is March 10, 2003. A run through June is planned.

Mr. Goldwyn didn't make it through June this year in New York. It played a total of 18 previews and 91 performances.

The production will begin a U.S. tour in the fall of 2002. No dates have been announced.

Mr. Goldwyn, by Marsha Lebby and John Lollos, began previews at the Promenade Theatre in Manhattan on Feb. 26 and opened March 13. Gene Saks, shepherd of so many Neil Simon works, directed. Lauren Klein (Lost in Yonkers, Broken Glass) plays Goldwyn's secretary, Helen, occasionally interrupting and serving as the de-facto "straight man" to King's yeasty Goldwyn. The play is presented by the Manhattan Project, Ltd., and Emma Luke Productions, LLC, in association with Michael Gardner. King starred in the world premiere of Mr. Goldwyn for New York Stage and Film, at the Powerhouse Theatre on the Vassar College campus in July and August 2001. Saks directed there as well.

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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."

The play is set in 1952 in Goldwyn's office in Hollywood.

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 was mentioned to star in a developing Cy Coleman musical called It's Good to Be Alive, about a struggling theatrical troupe in the '20s, during the heyday of Yiddish theatre in New York City. He is no longer associated with the project.

Designers were David Gallo (set), Joe Aulisi (costume), Michael Lincoln (lighting) and T. Richard Fitzgerald (sound).

— By Robert Simonson