Simon's Laughter to Reach TV, with Lane, Garber, Gilpin

News   Simon's Laughter to Reach TV, with Lane, Garber, Gilpin Neil Simon's comedy Laughter on the 23rd Floor, which was seen on Broadway a half dozen years back, will have a second life on television. Showtime will film the play, a comic memoir of Simon's years as a writer for Sid Caesar's "Show of Shows."

Neil Simon's comedy Laughter on the 23rd Floor, which was seen on Broadway a half dozen years back, will have a second life on television. Showtime will film the play, a comic memoir of Simon's years as a writer for Sid Caesar's "Show of Shows." Nathan Lane will repeat his performance as the Caesar-like figure. Richard Benjamin will direct, according to Variety. Also in the cast are Peri Gilpin of "Frasier," Victor Garber (Art), Saul Rubinek ("Nixon"), Dan Castellaneta (The Alchemist), Mark Linn-Baker (Chesapeake), Richard Portnow, Zach Grenier (Voices in the Dark) and Mackenzie Astin. Aside from Lane and Linn-Baker, none of the actors appeared in the Broadway production.

Other Simon plays include Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Odd Couple and The Sunshine Boys.

--By Robert Simonson