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LCC Performing Arts - They're Playing Our Song

March 13, 2015


Lansing Community College Performing Arts


They’re Playing Our Song
Book by Neil Simon, Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager


March 20-21 and 27-28, 2015
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays


$5 students, $10 general public
Admission at the door


LCC Black Box Theatre
168 Gannon Building, 411 N. Grand Ave., Lansing, MI 48933


Sometimes the best stories are the true ones. They’re Playing Our Song is just that: a musical comedy set in the 1970s about the trials and tribulations of love between a neurotic composer and an offbeat lyricist. Vernon and Sonia struggle to overcome their pasts and make the present work, each with the help of three alter egos who challenge and cajole them along.

"They’re Playing Our Song was playwright Neil Simon's idea," said LCC director Connie Curran-Oesterle. "Simon saw the rocky relationship of Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager and thought 'What a great plot for a musical! And who better to write it than the composer and lyricist themselves.' So, Simon, Hamlisch and Sager worked to create this romantic play with music that opened on Broadway in 1979 and ran for 1089 successful performances."

Hamlisch and Sager wrote numerous songs together. Hamlisch, who died in 2012, was one of only 12 people to win Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy awards, and also won Pulitzer and Golden Globe awards among many others. Sager, still writing today, has won Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe awards.

LCC's cast of students features Nathan Dome as Vernon and Sally Hecksel as Sonia. The alter egos of Vernon are played by Jacob Crosby, Zach Riley and Ian Whipp. Sonia's alter egos are played by Chelsea-Ann Bonofiglio, Tresa Brake and Monica Tanner.

They're Playing Our Song (Neil Simon/Marvin Hamlisch) is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

For more information, please contact the LCC Performing Arts Production Office, 517-483-1488 or visit

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 20,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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