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Screenwriter Neal Marshall and Producer Michael Phillips to discuss the making of The Flamingo Kid film at Hartford Stage on Sunday, June 2

HARTFORD, CT — April 25, 2019 — Screenwriter Neal Marshall and Producer Michael Phillips will discuss the making of The Flamingo Kid film on Sunday, June 2, at Hartford Stage. The moderated discussion will follow the 2 p.m. matinee performance of the world premiere musical The Flamingo Kid, which was inspired by the 1984 film.

Marshall and Phillips will share anecdotes about the creation of The Flamingo Kid film and its journey to the big screen. The story for the 1984 film – which starred Matt Dillon, Héctor Elizondo and Richard Crenna – drew inspiration from Marshall’s own teenage years in 1960s Brooklyn and was directed by Garry Marshall (no relation).

Neal Marshall is an Emmy Award-nominated executive producer and producer. He has served as executive producer and producer for dozens of stand-up comedy/variety series and specials, including Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level (Comedy Central); Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life (Netflix); and Patton Oswalt: Annihilation (Netflix). Marshall has produced live and for-television broadcasts for over 100 concerts, including The Beach Boys, Journey, and Gladys Knight & the Pips and Ray Charles (Live at the Greek, which won an ACE Cable Award). He is also the recipient of a Writer’s Guild of America Award for ABC television’s The Earth Day Special in 1991.

Michael Phillips has been a producer of films and television in Hollywood since 1971. His films have garnered 23 Academy Award nominations, including a win for Best Picture for The Sting; a Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or Prize for Taxi Driver; and Italy’s David di Donatello Award for Best Film for Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Phillips serves as a Trustee Professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, where he has taught classes on Cinema of the ‘70s, Science Fiction in Cinema, the films of Akira Kurosawa, and How I Got My Movie Made – featuring filmmaking and business perspectives from today’s world.

The discussion with Marshall and Phillips is free to the public and ticket holders for the matinee performance.

For tickets to see the world premiere of The Flamingo Kid, call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151 or visit

Neal Marshall

Neal Marshall

Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips


Now in our 55th season, Hartford Stage is currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak. In January 2019, Melia Bensussen was named the sixth Artistic Director of Hartford Stage and will assume the role in June. One of the nation’s leading resident theatres, Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 73 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches close to 21,000 students annually.

Since Tresnjak’s appointment in 2011 the theatre has presented the world premieres of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder on Broadway, winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Direction of a Musical by Tresnjak; Rear Window with Kevin Bacon; the new musical Anastasia by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens; Quiara Alegría Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; Breath & Imagination by Daniel Beaty; Big Dance Theatre’s Man in a Case with Mikhail Baryshnikov; and Reverberation by Matthew Lopez.

Hartford Stage has earned many of the nation’s most prestigious awards, including the 1989 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. Other national honors include Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, OBIE, and New York Critics Circle awards. Hartford Stage has produced nationally renowned titles, including the New York transfers of Enchanted April; The Orphans' Home Cycle; Resurrection (later retitled Through the Night); The Carpetbagger's Children; and Tea at Five.

The leading provider of theatre education programs in Connecticut, Hartford Stage’s offerings include student matinees, in-school theatre residencies, teen performance opportunities, theatre classes for students (ages 3-18) and adults, afterschool programs and professional development courses.    

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