The Stage Plays of Neil Simon

I'm in the middle of final rehearsals for Laughter on the 23rd Floor, a great play by Neil Simon.  In the past I also worked on The Odd Couple, which is arguably Simon's most popular play.  Here's the complete list of all the plays written by the man affectionately nicknamed "Doc."

Come Blow Your Horn - A young man moves into his older brother's bachelor pad during the "swinging 60's."  It was made into a film starring Frank Sinatra.

Little Me - The original production of this musical starred Sid Caesar in multiple roles.  The story was based on a novel by Patrick Dennis.

Barefoot in the Park - Robert Redford and Jane Fonda starred in the movie version of this romantic comedy.

The Odd Couple - Simon's greatest hit was a smash on Broadway with Art Carney as Felix Unger (spelled Ungar in the original play version) and Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison.  Matthau reprised his role for the blockbuster big screen adaptation, joined by Jack Lemmon as Unger.  Then, the television version became a cultural phenomenon with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman (who had replaced Matthau in the stage version.) Simon later rewrote the play for female leads.  There was also a cartoon version (with the characters depicted as a cat and a dog) and a new short-lived TV remake starring Ron Glass and Demond Wilson.

Sweet Charity - Simon wrote the book for this musical based on Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria and the movie version starred Shirley MacLaine.

The Star-Spangled Girl - This locve triangle story was adapted into a film starring Sandy Duncan, Tony Roberts, and Todd Susman, with a notable appearance by singer Davy Jones.

Plaza Suite - The three-act play, set in New York, was turned into a movie starring Walter Matthau.  Carol Burnett starred in a made-for-TV movie version.

Promises, Promises - Another musical, this one based on the Billy Wilder movie, The Apartment, the original cast featured Tony Roberts and Betty Buckley.

The Last of the Red Hot Lovers - This comedy, about a man who fails in his attempted seductions of three ladies, was made into a movie starring Alan Arkin.

The Gingerbread Lady - This drama earned actress Maureen Stapleton a number of awards. It was made into a movie called Only When I Laugh.

The Prisoner of Second Avenue - Peter Falk starred in the original stage comedy and Jack Lemmon took the lead in the film version.

The Sunshine Boys - This play about an aging vaudeville team was adapted for the big screen, starring George Burns and Walter Matthau.  A TV version was made starring Woody Allen and Peter Falk.

The Good Doctor - A comedy with music set in Russia, Christopher Plummer played a writer based on Anton Chekov.  A TV movie starred Ed Asner and Richard Chamberlain.

God's Favorite - This play was set in Long Island and based on the Bible's Book of Job.

California Suite - Four short plays set in the Beverly Hills Hotel, the movie version starred an impressive cast that included Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Maggie Smith, and Michael Caine.

Chapter Two - This semi-autobiographical play was adapted into a film starring James Caan.

They're Playing Our Song - Simon provides the book for another musical, this one about a love story revolving around a composer and a lyricist.

I Ought to Be in Pictures - Simon writes a comedy/drama about a screenwriter suffering from writer's block.  Walter Mathau and Ann-Margaret starred in the movie version.

Fools - Simon writes another comedy set in Russia.

Brighton Beach Memoirs - The first part of Simon's personal "Eugene Trilogy," based on his youth, this coming-of-age story set in Brooklyn was adapted into a movie starring Jonathan Silverman.

Biloxi Blues - Part two of the "Eugene Trilogy," the lead character is in the basic training for the army.  Matthew Broderick starred on stage and screen.

The Female Odd Couple - Simon rewrote his hit play, reversing the gender of the lead characters.  Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno starred in the original stage version.

Broadway Bound - The final chapter of the "Eugene Trilogy" sees the aspiring writer take his first big steps toward a successful career.  The original cast included Linda Lavin, Jonathan Silverman, and Jason Alexander.

Rumors - Simon gives us a farce.

Lost in Yonkers - The movie version starred Richard Dreyfuss and Mercedes Ruehl.

Jake's Women - Alan Alda starred in the TV movie version.

The Goodbye Girl - Simon wrote the book for this musical based on a screenplay he had originally written in the 1970s (which starred Richard Dreyfuss).

Laughter on the 23rd Floor - Based on his early writing experience on the TV variety show, Your Show of Shows, Nathan Lane starred in a TV movie adaptation.

London Suite - Four stories take place in a Londa hotel.  A movie version starred Kelsey Grammer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Madeline Kahn, Richard Mulligan, and others.

Proposals - Simon writes a sentimental play about a summer afternon in 1953.

The Dinner Party - This one-act play originally starred John Ritter, Henry Winkler, and others.

45 Seconds from Broadway - Set in a coffee shop near Broadway, this comedy has the usual cavalcade of Simon one-liners and funny characters, but in an age of mega-musicals, the Simon comedy could no longer compete on the Great White Way.

Rose's Dilemma - Mary Tyler Moore worked on this show in previews.  It opened Off-Broadway and only ran fro a few months.

Oscar and Felix: A New Look at The Odd Couple - Simon wrote an updated version of his most famous play, and this new version ran in 2004.

I hope Neil Simon has more great plays up his sleeve.

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