Earlier this week, the Library of Congress formally announced the acquisition of the Neil Simon Papers, which are currently being processed and will ultimately be served to researchers in the Performing Arts Reading Room. Learn more about the collection from Senior Music Specialist Mark Horowitz and see select items from Simon’s archive in this video overview:
To celebrate this exciting acquisition, the Library of Congress hosted Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, and John Benjamin Hickey for a conversation about Neil Simon and his legacy. Hickey directs Broderick and Parker in the production of Simon’s comedy Plaza Suite currently running on Broadway. Broderick’s history with Neil Simon runs deep. He starred in Simon’s autobiographical plays Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, landed his first film role in Max Dugan Returns (written by Simon), and starred in the 2005 revival of The Odd Couple alongside Nathan Lane. The conversation was livestreamed and the recording is available online for all to watch and enjoy.
When the Neil Simon Collection is processed, a finding aid will be published on the Performing Arts Reading Room list of special collections. In the meantime, you can email questions about Simon materials via the Library’s Ask a Librarian platform.