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Mercedes Ruehl Joins Jeff Goldblum in Prisoner of 2nd Avenue
Mercedes Ruehl joins previously mentioned Jeff Goldblum in The Prisoner of Second Avenue, by Neil Simon, which opens at the Vaudeville Theatre 13 July 2010, following previews from 30 June - running to 11 Sep 2010.
Mercedes Ruehl came to prominence in Jonathan Demme’s film "Married to the Mob". She earned an Academy Award, as well as Golden Globe for her performance in "The Fisher King". She won a Tony Award for her role in Neil Simon’s "Lost in Yonkers", later reprising her role in the film. Among her TV credits are Indictment: The McMartin Trial, Gia, The Lost Child, Guilt by Association, North Shore Fish, Frasier.
The Prisoner of Second Avenue is directed by Terry Johnson, designed by Rob Howell, lighting by Neil Austin. Produced by The Old Vic Theatre Company/Old Vic Productions plc, Sonia Friedman Productions.
A black comedy set in the 1970's, depicting a New York couple, Mel and Edna Edison, enduring the trials and tribulations of city life. Mel is made redundant and the stress of an economic crisis and urban life pushes him into having a nervous breakdown. The family gathers to offer support, with Edna stoically bearing the burden of his disintegration and self-pity.