This tele-film was made and released about eight years after its source play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed in 1993. The original Broadway production of "Laughter on the 23rd Floor" opened at the Richard Rogers Theater on 22nd November 1993 and ran for 320 performances until 27th August 1994. Nathan Lane and Mark Linn-Baker reprized their stage roles in this tele-movie. The play opened in London's West End on 3rd October 1996 and ran for five months. It starred Gene Wilder. The play's setting is described in its intro as; "An office on the 23rd floor of a building on 57th Street, New York City. 1953". The play was Simon's 28th written stage production. See more »
There are a few brief inserts of "The Lawrence Welk Show", and Welk's voice is heard saying "thank you, Myron" after a voice-over introduction. The announcer's voice was not that of Myron Floren, a band member who often provided transitions between musical numbers, but that of the regular announcer who opened each show. See more »
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Nathan Lane all but steals the show, but this movie is also powered by the likes of Victor Garber and Saul Rubinek, among others, a rich and varied ensemble that aid the cause enormously. Neil Simon has given them a script chock full o laughs, with the occasional sappy moment. I found the direction lacking and average, and the music poor, and the location was obviously NOT New York. I'm beginning to recognize Canadian cities! But overall a very nice effort that hold up with the best of the cable movie genre.
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