American playwright and screenwriter Neil Simon, who’s written Comedy the Odd couple (The Odd Couple), “Barefoot in the Park” (Barefoot in the Park) and “little Odessa” (Brighton Beach) was a success on Broadway several decades, has died at the age of 91.
He died on Sunday night in new York from complications of pneumonia, said his longtime friend and Director of media relations theater company Shubert Organization bill Evans.
In the second half of the 20th century, Simon was the most successful and prolific playwright of the American theater, who in his work often described the problems and fears of the middle class.
He wrote his first play “Come and sound your horn” (Come Blow Your Horn) in 1961 and since then it almost never stopped working on his next play or musical.
Actor Josh Gad has called Simon “one of those people who had the greatest influence on [his] life and career”. Screenwriter Christopher Diaz was brief: “this is painful.”
Successful productions of works by Simon on the theatrical stage include: “the Prisoner of 2nd Avenue” (The Prisoner of Second Avenue), “Last ardent enamoured” (Last of the Red Hot Lovers) “Sunny boys” (The Sunshine Boys), “Room at the Plaza” (Plaza Suite), Chapter (Chapter Two), Sweet charity (Sweet Charity) and “promises, promises” (Promises, Promises). In total he was the author of over 30 plays and musicals. Many of his works were filmed and one “Odd couple” even formed the basis of the popular television series.
Simon earned four Tonys, the Pulitzer prize, awards the Kennedy Center honors (1995) and others.
In honor of Neil Simon named one of the Broadway theatres.