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Neil Simon’s Famed Barefoot in the Park Joins This Summer’s Slate When Rights To Previously-Announced Boeing-Boeing Were Withdrawn by Playwright

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – February 23, 2010 – Heritage Theatre Festival announced today that the famed Neil Simon play Barefoot in the Park will replace the previously-announced Boeing-Boeing in the 2010 season schedule.

The change is being made due to an issue with the rights to Boeing-Boeing, according to HTF Producing Director Robert Chapel.  “We just learned today that the playwright is not allowing any productions of the play in the United States. This is something that happens from time to time, and while we are disappointed not to share Boeing-Boeing with our audience, we are delighted to be able to replace it with this classic romantic comedy by the legendary Neil Simon.”

Simon’s first Broadway smash, Barefoot in the Park is a whimsical look at the trials and tribulations of being young newlyweds in New York and facing challenges that range from a
tiny walkup apartment to dealing with the profound differences in their personalities.  Corie is a spontaneous free spirit, Paul an uptight attorney, and the love that brought them together is tested in a script that showcases the signature wit, charm and fun that has made Simon one of the true treasures of the American theater world.

“I recently had a chance to go back and re-read this wonderful play and am so looking forward to bringing it to our Heritage audiences,” Chapel said.  “It’s just a great, fun night at the theatre, and a show that can be enjoyed by the whole family.”

The replacement means a change in the previously-announced Heritage schedule, which will now go as follows:

The Sound of Music
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse
Culbreth Theatre
July 1-3, 5-10

A Tuna Christmas
By Ed Howard, Joe Sears and Jaston Williams
Culbreth Theatre
July 15-17, August 2, 5

Barefoot in the Park
By Neil Simon
Culbreth Theatre
July 22-24, August 3,6

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Culbreth Theatre
July 29-31, August 4, 7

Season subscriptions for the 2010 Heritage Theatre Festival season will go on sale earlier this year.  Subscriptions will be available beginning at 10a.m. on May 24 at  www.uvahtf.org as well as by mail.  Single tickets and subscriptions will go on sale online, in-person and by phone at 10am on Friday, June 11. 

Box Office hours are 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday from June 11th - August 7th, and opening again one hour before evening performances from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. 

For more information on the upcoming 2010 season at Heritage Theatre Festival, visit www.uvahtf.org.

Heritage Theatre Festival Publicist-
John Kelly
John Kelly PR