A West Coast hit during its spring engagement at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills, and a hot ticket at various venues in New York State, the Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna duet, If You Ever Leave Me...I’m Coming With You, will play Broadway's Cort Theatre in July, according to The New York Times. The Gathering, starring Hal Linden, will vacate the Cort this weekend.
Last fall, both Bologna and co-general manager Steven Levy confirmed that negotiations have begun in finding a theatre for the comedy, which covers the couple's romantic courtship, their first wedding reception on the Merv Griffin Show, their five marriage ceremonies, and the "near spouse-icides of the three decades of professional collaboration" (the latter phrase courtesy of a spokesperson at the Canon). The show, which employs film clips and stills to augment the live performances, also includes scenes from the couple's last duet, the Off-Broadway hit, Bermuda Avenue Triangle, as well as It Had to Be You and their best-known pairing, Lovers and Other Strangers.
Marvin Melzer is the lead producer of the show, which will likely be an open run.
“The show has developed more and more, to better and better response,” said Levy, “regardless of house size and configuration of theatre. These people are known from TV, film, Broadway, and there’s a tremendous audience for their comedy... Broadway has such greater exposure than when you’re tucked away in an Off Broadway theatre. That’s why they’re taking the plunge.”
Married for more than 33 years, Taylor and Bologna wrote, co-directed and star in the show, which was staged at a few regional theatres after having been briefly workshopped in L.A. two years ago. Venues have included the Helen Hayes Center in Nyack, NY as well as Queens Theatre in the Park and one-night gigs at Long Island's Westbury Music Fair, March 5 and Oct. 15.