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A new odd couple?

Randall_klugman_3 Back during Arnold Mittelman's 25-year run as producing artistic director of Miami's Coconut Grove Playhouse, beloved Odd Couple and Quincy veteran Jack Klugman appeared in three productions there:  in Arthur Miller's The Price, Tom Stoppard's Rough Crossing and Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys.  In the latter two, Klugman played opposite his longtime friend and Odd Couple co-star, the late great Tony Randall (that's Jack and Tony seated at right, during Sunshine Boys rehearsals).

Klugman is coming back to South Florida, not to be in a play but to support Mittleman's new theater ventures:  the American Theater Festival and The National Jewish Theater.  Together, the companies are presenting The Soul of Gershwin: The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer March 4 to March 9 at Fort Lauderdale's Parker Playhouse.  Before each performance, Klugman will greet the audience.  He's doing it to support Mittelman's companies.

Mittelman_3 On March 8, Mittelman returns the favor. After the performance, Klugman and Southern Wine & Spirits Chairman and CEO Harvey R. Chaplin will receive the theater companies' inaugural Creative Leadership Awards.  They'll get the honor during a post-show reception.  VIP tickets for the performance and reception are $150, available by calling 305-365-8038.  Regular tickets to The Soul of Gershwin are $30 to $65.