Barefoot in the Park
After two previews, the Broadway production of Barefoot in the Park, directed by Mike Nichols, opened on October 23, 1963 at the Biltmore Theatre, where it ran for 1530 performances, making it Simon’s longest running show. The cast included Robert Redford as Paul, Elizabeth Ashley as Corie, Mildred Natwick as Mrs. Banks, Kurt Kasznar as Velasco, and Herb Edelman as a telephone installer. This romantic comedy focuses on newlyweds, Corie and Paul, as they begin married life in a tiny 5th floor walkup apartment in a mid-Manhattan brownstone. Paul is a strait-laced attorney, Corie a far more spontaneous free spirit. The young couple must contend with a lack of heat, a skylight that leaks snow, several long flights of stairs, oddball neighbor Victor Velasco, and Corie’s well-meaning mother. Adjusting to married life isn’t so easy! The first act of Barefoot dramatizes a making of a new life, and its second builds to a near-breakup of the marriage. A 1967 movie was made with Robert Redford, Mildred Natwick, & Herb Edelman reprising their roles from the original Broadway cast and Jane Fonda as Corie and Charles Boyer as Victor Velasco. This performance ran in Dodge City from October 6-21, 2006.