Brighton Beach Memoirs premiered on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on March 27, 1983 and closed on on May 12, 1986 after 1,300 performances and 7 previews. Directed by Gene Saks, the cast featured Matthew Broderick (Eugene Jerome), Elizabeth Franz (Kate Jerome), Peter Michael Goetz (Jack Jerome), Mandy Ingber (Laurie Morton), Željko Ivanek (Stanley Jerome), Jodi Thelen (Nora Morton) and Joyce Van Patten (Blanche Morton).
Set in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, New York in September 1937, this coming-of-age comedy focuses on Eugene Morris Jerome, a Polish-Jewish American teenagers who experiences puberty, sexual awakening and a search for identity as he tries to deal with his family, including his older brother Stanley, his parents Kate and Jack, Kate's sister Blanche and her two daughters, Nora and Laurie, who come to live there after their father's death.
- Eugene Morris Jerome, almost 15
- Blance Morton, 38: Eugene's widowed aunt
- Kate Jerome, about 40: Eugene's mother, a strong Jeiwsh matriarch
- Laurie Morton, 13: Eugene's younger cousin
- Nora Morton, 16½: Eugene's beautiful older cousin
- Stanley Jerome, 18½: Eugene's older brother
- Jacob "Jack" Jerome, about 40: Eugene's father
Award and nominations
- Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play (Broderick, winner; Ivanek, nominee)
- Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play (Franz, nominee)
- Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play (Saks, winner)