Jack Klugman & Eddie Bracken "The Odd Couple" 1965 Playbill Signed Autograph Photo
Playbill for The Plymouth Theatre-"The Odd Couple"-1965-6" X 9"-60 pages-theatre program. This vintage Playbill features the 1965 Broadway Play-"The Odd Couple" starring Jack Klugman and Eddie Bracken. The Playbill also has the original ticket stub with price of seat at $4.80!The Odd Couple was a 1965 Broadway play by Neil Simon, followed by a successful film and television series, as well as other derivative works and spin offs, many featuring one or more of the same actors. The plot concerns two mismatched roommates, one neat and uptight, the other more easygoing but slovenly.
Sources vary as to the origins of the play. Most sources claim that Simon was inspired to write the play when he saw his brother Danny Simon and theatrical agent Roy Gerber living together after recent divorces. However, in the Mel Brooks biography It's Good to Be the King, author James Robert Parish claims that the play came about after Simon observed Brooks, in a separation from his first wife, living with writer Speed Vogel for three months. Vogel later wrote that Brooks had insomnia, "a brushstroke of paranoia," and "a blood-sugar problem that kept us a scintilla away from insanity."Danny Simon, also a writer, took the first crack at the play, but later handed over the idea to Neil. The show, directed by Mike Nichols, ran for 966 performances and won several Tony Awards, including Best Play.Felix Ungar, a neurotic, neat freak newswriter (photographer in the television series), is thrown out by his wife, and moves in with his friend Oscar Madison, a messy sportswriter. In its original Broadway run, Ungar was played by Eddie Bracken and Madison by Walter Matthau. Matthau was later replaced with Jack Klugman.The Playbill has been autographed on the front cover by Jack Klugman and Eddie Bracken...............BOTH PLAYBILL AND AUTOGRAPHS ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION...........