Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein Will Reunite on Broadway for They’re Playing Our Song

Benefits and Galas   Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein Will Reunite on Broadway for They’re Playing Our Song
 
The Actors Fund will present a 40th anniversary concert of the Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager, and Neil Simon musical in early 2019.
 Robert Klein an Lucie Arnaz in <i>They&#39;re Playing Our Song</i>
Robert Klein an Lucie Arnaz in They're Playing Our Song Jay Thompson

Original Broadway cast members Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein will reunite to star in a February 11, 2019, concert presentation of They’re Playing Our Song, which will take place 40 years to the day of the original Broadway opening.

Featuring a book by the late three-time Tony Award winner Neil Simon and a score by Academy Award winners Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, the musical will presented in a 7:30 PM concert at the Music Box Theatre.

Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein
Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein

The long-running Broadway hit, based on the real-life relationship between collaborators Hamlisch and Sager, ran over 1,000 performances on Broadway.

They’re Playing Our Song centers on the love story between fictional composer Vernon Gersch and lyricist Sonia Walsk. What begins as a songwriting collaboration quickly turns into something more, but their larger-than-life personalities threaten to derail their passionate romance.

“To be asked to revisit one of the best theatrical memories of my career, and get a chance to have those Neil Simon words come out of my mouth again and bring Marvin and Carole’s unforgettable music back to the stage was just too good an invitation to turn down,” Arnaz said in a statement. “The original cast forty years after its Broadway opening? Truly rare. Maybe even historic. Best of all, we will be packing the house to benefit The Actors Fund, especially Song’s original ‘keyboard fingers’ Fran Liebergal. Robert Klein and I do laugh, though, that instead of the love story of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, we’re now playing Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. Ha! And I can’t wait.”

“I’m thrilled to be reuniting with Lucie to step back into this show which has meant so much to us, especially for such a great cause, The Actors Fund,” added Klein. “To sing the wonderful songs of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager and to say the great lines of Neil Simon is a thrill. Still fresh after 40 years.”

Chet Walker will direct and choreograph, with music director Larry Blank conducting a full orchestra. The concert is produced in association with Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.

An on-sale date will be announced shortly.

Simon died August 26 at the age of 91. The prolific playwright was responsible for bringing such beloved comedies as The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, and Brighton Beach Memoirs to the stage. His additional musicals included Little Me, Sweet Charity, and Promises, Promises.

Click Here to Shop for Theatre
Merchandise in the Playbill Store
 
Today’s Most Popular News:
 X

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting playbill.com with your ad blocker.
Thank you!