“Manhattanville College Valiant Theater Presents Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound, October 19-22”

October 13, 2023
Poster reads: A Manhattanville College Valiant Theater Production. Illustrated images of three characters

Manhattanville College Department of Theater will present its fall mainstage production of Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound in the Little Theater, Brownson Hall, on October 19-22 on Manhattanville College campus.  The light-hearted family comedy is suitable for audiences of all ages.  Tickets are free with a Manhattanville College student ID and Seniors, and $5 general admission.


Broadway Bound features the adventures of Eugene and Stanley, two young brothers in predominantly Jewish Brighton Beach, Long Island, in 1949.  The pair dream of making it big in the entertainment industry.  However, when they get a contract to write episodes for a radio comedy, their thinly veiled caricatures of their own family members cause domestic turmoil.  The ensuing drama explores the nature of families, as well as the value of honesty.  Broadway Bound played on Broadway for 756 performances between 1986-88 and received a Tony Award-nominations for Best Play, won for Best Leading Actress and Best Featured Actor, won four Drama Desk Awards, and was a finalist for the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Broadway Bound concludes Simon’s three part semi-autobiographical “Eugene” play series, which includes Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues.  Neil Simon is arguably the most successful American playwright of all time, with dozens of hits, and is the only writer to have had four plays on Broadway simultaneously.


Manhattanville College adjunct faculty and Production Manager and Outreach Coordinator Vincent Mraz directs a talented ensemble of Manhattanville College students from across the performing arts.  The production involves collaboration with Communications and Media faculty Michael Castaldo, whose students fashioned period radio ads for the production.  The production also interweaves vintage technologies.


Pre-show events are free and open to the public:


Thursday, Oct. 19, 7:00pm

Michael Castaldo, “Digital Media for the Stage?”

Curtain at 7:30pm


Friday, Oct. 20

Post-show Q &A with the Cast and Creative team of Broadway Bound

Curtain at 7:30pm


Sat., Oct. 21, 7:00pm

A Conversation with the Director, Vincent Mraz, Facilitated by Jeff Kaplan

Curtain at 7:30pm


Sun., Oct. 22, 1:30pm

“The Jewish Experience and 20th Century Theater,” with Jeff Kaplan, Head of the Theater Program.

Curtain at 2:00pm


For Tickets:

Email boxoffice@mville.edu