Tribute (play)

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Written by Bernard Slade
Date premiered June 1, 1978
Place premiered Brooks Atkinson Theatre
New York
Genre Drama

Tribute is a play by Bernard Slade.

The plot focuses on Scottie Templeton, a popular actor who has spent his life shirking responsibility. When he discovers he is terminally ill with leukemia, he attempts to reconnect with his long-estranged son.

The play had extensive pre-Broadway runs in Boston, at the Colonial Theatre, and Toronto, at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.[1] Before the play opened on Broadway, producer Morton Gottlieb and author Bernard Slade, had sold the movie rights to Paramount for over $1 million. On the opening night party at Tavern on the Green, Gottlieb gave out checks to investors, for payment in full, without help from the movie sale.[2] After four previews, the play's Broadway production opened on June 1, 1978 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Directed by Arthur Storch and starring Jack Lemmon, it ran for 212 performances. Jack had committed to do the play through November 1978.[3] The cast included Robert Picardo, Catherine Hicks, and Rosemary Prinz. Lemmon was nominated for both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for his performance.

In 1980, Slade adapted his play for a feature film directed by Bob Clark, with Lemmon recreating his performance in the lead role. The supporting cast included Robby Benson, Lee Remick, Colleen Dewhurst, John Marley, and Kim Cattrall.


  1. ^,1478788&dq=jack-lemmon+tribute+play+boston+toronto&hl=en Boca Raton News/Jack Lemmon is returning to Broadway in 'Tribute/ May 9, 1978
  2. ^,8410892&dq=jack-lemmon+tribute+play&hl=en Boca Raton News/Lemmon a hit in 'Tribute'/June 14, 1978
  3. ^,742915&dq=jack-lemmon+tribute+play+november&hl=en The Pittsburg Press/Tribute Fits Irrpressible Jack Lemmon/ September 17, 1978

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