Simon's Odd Couple Replaces Lobby Hero on Engeman Schedule

News   Simon's Odd Couple Replaces Lobby Hero on Engeman Schedule The popular Neil Simon comedy The Odd Couple will be the final production of the 2008-2009 season at the Engeman Theatre in Long Island.

The hit comedy replaces the previously announced Lobby Hero by Kenneth Lonergan. A reason was not provided for the scheduling change. The Odd Couple will run May 7-June 7.

The Odd Couple "offers a humorous portrait of ordinary guys who are extraordinarily irreconcilable! Based on the conflicting lifestyles of two battling and newly single middle-aged roommates - the obsessive neatnik news writer Felix Ungar and the disorderly and sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison - this combustible bad 'marriage' is a popular favorite full of hilarious fun," press notes state.

Casting and creative duties for The Odd Couple will be announced shortly.

The Odd Couple opened on Broadway in 1965 starring Art Carney and Walter Matthau. Matthau later repeated his work for the 1968 film. The play received a Broadway revival in 2005 starring Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.

Neil Simon – the only playwright to have four of his works running on Broadway simultaneously – has been honored with three Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Drama Desk Award, an American Comedy Award, a Golden Globe Award and the Kennedy Center Honors. Some of his works for the stage include Barefoot in the Park, The Odd Couple, Chapter Two, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound. He also contributed librettos to the musicals Sweet Charity; Promises, Promises; They're Playing Our Song; and The Goodbye Girl. The 2009-2010 season at the Engeman Theatre launches with the Gershwins' Crazy for You, running June 25-Aug. 16.

For tickets and more information phone (631) 261-2900 or visit www.engemantheater.com. The Engeman Theater is located at 250 Main Street in Northport, Long Island.