Come Blow Your Horn
|Come Blow Your Horn|
Program from West End Production
|Written by||Neil Simon|
|Date premiered||February 22, 1961|
|Place premiered||Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Come Blow Your Horn opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on February 22, 1961 and closed on October 6, 1962 after 677 performances and one preview. The cast featured Hal March (Alan Baker), Arlene Golonka, Warren Berlinger (Buddy), Lou Jacobi (Mr. Baker) and Pert Kelton (Mrs. Baker). The director was Stanley Prager, with sets and lighting by Ralph Alswang.
The play was revived at the Jewish Repertory Theater, New York City, running in December 1987.
In June 2005 Jacob Murray directed a production at the Royal Exchange, Manchester with Jamie Glover as Alan Baker, Andrew Langtree as Buddy Baker, Malcolm Rennie as Mr Baker and Amanda Boxer as Mrs Baker.
The play tells the story of a young man's decision to leave the home of his parents for the bachelor pad of his older brother who leads a swinging '60s lifestyle. Buddy is a 21-year-old virgin and his older brother Alan is a ladies' man. Alan lives in an apartment in the East Sixties, New York City. But as the play progresses Alan discovers real feelings for one of the many women with whom he is currently sleeping and when she elects to leave him, he falls apart in response. This juxtaposes Alan's hunger for companionship with Buddy's metamorphosis into a ladies' man himself. The playwright points out the fundamental spiritual and emotional emptiness of the playboy lifestyle for which the younger sibling desperately yearns.
- Alan Baker
- Peggy Evans
- Buddy Baker
- Mr. (Father) Baker
- Mrs. (Mother) Baker
Howard Taubman, in his review for The New York Times, wrote that the play was "smoothly plotted and deftly written...Mr. Simon has served up a multitude of sprightly lines. Best of all, he has provided some explosively hilarious moments rooted in character." 
- Come Blow Your Horn playbillvault.com, accessed April 13, 2012
- Simon, Neil.Script Come Blow Your Horn (1961), (books.google.com), Samuel French, Inc., ISBN 0-573-60713-3, pp. 1-3
- "Prince of Wales Theatre, History" londontheatredirect.com, accessed April 13, 2012
- "Prince of Wales Theatre, History" london-theatreland.co.uk, accessed April 13, 2012
- Gussow, Mel. "Stage: Early Neil Simon, 'Come Blow Your Horn'" The New York Times, December 31, 1987
- Come Blow Your Horn Internet Movie Database, accessed April 13, 2012
- Taubman, Howard. "Theatre: Lively Comedy: 'Come Blow Your Horn' by Neil Simon Opens", The New York Times, February 23, 1961, p. 31