Lost In Yonkers
In 1991, Kevin appeared in a play called Lost In Yonkers. It was a new Neil Simon play. Kevin was Uncle Louie. I have several Playbills which deal with the play. One of them is for a show called I Hate Hamlet, starring Adam Arkin. What is special about this PLAYBILL© is that it contains an interview with Neil Simon about his new play and his career. It’s a fascinating article, but since I am a very slow typist, I’ll just share the basic Lost In Yonkers bits with you.
The play originated with another play that was written a few years before Lost In Yonkers. It was called Louie The Gangster. It was about the Louie character, who Kevin plays, and a young boy and the Bella character. It was only 35 pages and it wasn’t fulfilling everything he wanted to do, so he put it aside and worked on a few other things.
Things hadn’t gone well with those other projects, when Simon suddenly realized exactly how to do Lost In Yonkers and he sat down and wrote it in just 3 months.
I also have a Lost In Yonkers PLAYBILL©.
Kevin’s résumé had expanded since he’d done Ghosts. Here’s his WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST description:
KEVIN SPACEY (Louie) made his Broadway debut in 1982 as Oswald opposite Liv Ullmann in Ibsen’s Ghosts. In 1985 he was seen in David Rabe’s Hurlyburly, directed by Mike Nichols. His last appearance on Broadway was as Jamie Tyrone, Jr. opposite Jack Lemmon in the 1986 revival of Long Day’s Journey Into Night, directed by Jonathan Miller. Off-Broadway he created major roles in Barbarians at Soho Rep, As It Is In Heaven at the Perry Street and Right Behind the Flag at Playwrights Horizons. His regional credits include The Misanthrope at Seattle Rep, Real Dreams at Williamstown, The Seagull at the Kennedy Center and most recently Dennis McIntyre’s National Anthems at Long Wharf, directed by Arvin Brown.
In 1987 he was reunited with Mr. Lemmon in “The Murder of Mary Phagan,” which won the Emmy for Best Miniseries. That year he played Mel Profitt in the first season of the CBS series “Wiseguy.” Last year he played Jim Bakker in the NBC film “Fall From Grace.”
His film work includes Rocket Gibralter, Heartburn, Working Girl, Dad, Show of Force and Henry and June. He most recently completed playing Clarence Darrow in the American Playhouse film “Darrow,” directed by John Coles.
Opening night was February 21, 1991 at the Richard Rogers Theatre.