(Executive Producer / Writer)
Neil Simon is a talented writer who began his first theater work by collaborating with his brother Danny in making sketches for camp shows in Tamiment, Pa. In the last 45 years, Simon has written and produced more than 30 Broadway plays, including Come Blow Your Horn, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity and Star-Spangled Girl. His plays Plaza Suite, Barefoot in the Park, Gingerbread Lady, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, Sunshine Boys, The Good Doctor, Chapter Two, I Ought to Be in Pictures and California Suite all won Best Play awards. The first of his three semi-autobiographical works, Brighton Beach Memoirs, received the Critics Award. The second in the series, Biloxi Blues, received the Tony® Award for Best Play, and the third play in the series, Broadway Bound, resulted in Simon's 13th Best Play award. Neil Simons's play Lost in Yonkers was his 27th produced play script, 14th Best Play winner and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Simon also received the 1991 Tony® Award for the season's Best Play for Lost in Yonkers. Neil Simon has written the screenplays for Barefoot in the Park, Proposal and London Suite, Hotel Suite, The Heartbreak Kid, Murder by Death, The Slugger's Wife, The Cheap Detective, The Out-of-Towners, Only When I Laugh, Max Dugan Returns, Seems Like Old Times, The Odd Couple II, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and After the Fox. Simon's latest works include The Dinner Party, 45 Seconds From Broadway, Oscar & Felix and Rose & Walsh.
Neil Simon is also the author of several books. He wrote a book based on the musicals Their Playing Our Song and Promises, Promises. Simon also published his two books of memoirs, Rewrites and The Play Goes On. In 1996, Simon received the Peggy Helmerich Distinguished Author Award.
Simon's honors include the 1965 Tony® Award as author of The Odd Couple, a 1975 Tony® Award for his overall contribution to Theater, the 1985 Tony® for Biloxi Blues and the 1991 Tony® for Lost in Yonkers. He has received honorary bachelor of arts degrees from Hofstra University and Williams College. He received the Sam S. Schubert Award, three Writers Guild Motion Pictures Awards and numerous Tony®, Emmy® and Oscar® nominations. In 1983, Broadway's Alvin Theatre was renamed in his honor. Additional awards include the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., and in 1997, he received the award for Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre from William Inge Theater Festival.