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King of Broadway Comedy, Neil Simon, Dies Aged 91

Playwright Neil Simon has passed away at the age of 91. 

Neil Simon was known as the ‘King of Broadway Comedy‘. Throughout his life, he was constantly working on new plays or musicals and dominated American theatre in the second half of the 20th century. In this time he was Americas most successful and prolific theatre playwright.

In 1961 he kicked it all off with “Come Blow Your Horn“.  Neil created over 30 plays and musicals including “The Prisoner of Second Avenue,” ”Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” ”The Sunshine Boys,” ”Plaza Suite,” ”Chapter Two,”  and the “Brighton Beach” trilogy. His plays often addressed middle-class issues and fears.

 

At one point he has four shows running on Broadway at the same time:  “The Odd Couple,” ”Barefoot in the Park”; “Sweet Charity”; and “The Star-Spangled Girl.”

Tributes have poured in for the playwright online:

 

 

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