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Encyclopedia > They're Playing Our Song
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They're Playing Our Song was an original Broadway musical comedy with a book by Neil Simon, music by Marvin Hamlisch, and lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager. After eleven previews, the production — directed by Robert Moore — opened on February 11, 1979 at the Imperial Theatre, where it ran for 1082 performances. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theater combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Neil Simon (1966) Neil Simon (born Marvin Simon July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is an American playwright and screenwriter. ... Marvin Hamlisch (born June 2, 1944) is a successful composer of film scores. ... Carole Bayer Sager (born March 8, 1947 in New York City, New York) is an American lyricist, songwriter and singer best-known for writing the lyrics to many popular songs performed on Broadway and in Hollywood films. ... The Reverend Robert Moore was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution and Queens College Galway. ... February 11 is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... The Imperial Theater can also refer to the Imperial Garden Theater in Tokyo, Japan The Imperial Theater was the Schubert brothers fiftieth theater in New York City. ...

In a story based on the real-life relationship of Hamlisch and Sager, composer Vernon Gersch (Robert Klein), in need of a new lyricist, meets madcap Sonia Walsk (Lucie Arnaz), and initially the match clearly is not one made in heaven. The two undergo a series of trials and overcome a number of hurdles before finding true love by the final curtain. Robert Klein (born February 8, 1942) is a Jewish-American stand-up comedian and occasional actor. ... A lyricist is an author of song lyrics. ... Lucie Arnaz (born Lucie Desiree Arnaz on July 17, 1951) is an American actress. ...

They're Playing Our Song essentially was an intimate two-character show. Klein and Arnaz appeared alone on stage; supporting characters were heard only from the wings, and there were no big production numbers.

The West End production starred Tom Conti and Gemma Craven. // West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland . Along with New Yorks Broadway Theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of theatre in the... Tom Conti (born November 22, 1941) is a Scottish actor. ... Gemma Craven (born 1 June 1950 in Dublin, Ireland), is a British actress. ...


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Patricia Birch is a American choreographer and director for musical and film. ... Ann Roth (born October 30, 1931 is an Academy Award winning American costume designer for films and theater. ... Tharon Musser (born 1925) in city, state is a Tony Award winning lighting designer having worked on over 40 Broadway shows. ...

Song list

Act One

  • "Fallin'"
  • "Workin' It Out"
  • "If He Really Knew Me"
  • "They're Playing Our Song"
  • "Right"
  • "Just for Tonight"

Act Two

  • "When You're in My Arms"
  • "I Still Believe in Love"
  • "Fill in the Words"

Awards and nominations

  • Tony Award for Best Musical (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical (nominee)
  • Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical (nominee)
  • Theatre World Award for Best Actress (winner)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Book of a Musical (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music (nominee)
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design (nominee)

What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... The Theatre World Award is an American honor given annually to an actor or an actress in recognition of an outstanding breakout performance in their New York City stage debut. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ...

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