quot;They#039;re playing our songquot;

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 7, 2001

The national Broadway company of the hit musical comedy. "They're Playing Our Song" starring Erin Moran from TV's "Happy Days," will appear at The Ritz (Theatre) on February 15, 2001 at 7:00 p.m.

Born and raised in California, Erin Moran made her feature film debut at the age of six in "How Sweet It Is", starring James Garner and Debbie Reynolds. That was followed by her first television series "Daktari" in which she co-starred as "Jenny," the resident orphan.

Her next series role was as Don Rickles' daughter on "The Don Rickles Show".

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Between the ages of eight and twelve she performed in three additional feature films: "Happy Endings", "Watermelon Man" and "Eighty Steps to Jonah," and a movie of the week, "Lisa Bright and Dark" as Ann Baxter's daughter.

At age twelve, Erin was cast as "Joanie Cunningham" in "Happy Days," one of the longest running situation comedies in television history.

While filming "Happy Days", Erin starred with Eddie Albert Jr. in the feature film "Galaxy of Terror" as well as the movie of the week, "Twirl", starring with Stella Stevens and Charlie Haid.

During the tenth season of "Happy Days", Erin starred in her own spin-off series, "Joanie Loves Chachi".

Each episode featured a musical debut, which gave her the opportunity to express and share her love of singing.

Throughout the years, Erin has guest starred in numerous episodic television shows spanning over three decades such as "Gunsmoke", "Family Affair", "Death Valley Days", "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", "The F.B.I.", "The Waltons", "The Love Boat", "Hotel" and "Murder She Wrote".

Erin was also given the honor to host "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" special.

Erin recently guest starred in "Diagnosis Murder," "G vs E," a feature film, "Desperation Boulevard," and performed in her theatre debut as "Bella" in "Lost in Yonkers".

With music by Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager, and book by Neil Simon, "They're Playing Our Song" is a musical comedy about a wise-cracking, neurotic, award winning composer, Vernon Gersch, and a witty, intelligent and off-beat lyricist of contemporary pop songs, Sonia Walsk (Erin Moran).

Vernon and Sonia are introduced by an agent to begin a professional collaboration which, of course, leads to a meaningful relationship between the two.

But meanings and relationships are all somewhat blurred by the seesaw emotional strains of their romance and show-biz egos.

She is open, habitually late, insecure and overwhelming.

He is afraid that being in love will invade his privacy and freedom.

"They're Playing Our Song" is a richly funny and romantic story about a couple who make beautiful music together, but have a difficult time making their lives as harmonious as their songs.

A few of the songs include "I Still Believe in Love," "Workin'It Out," "They're Playing Our Song" and "Just for Tonight."

When it comes to writing Broadway musicals, the elements that make up a winning combination are mysterious and elusive.

This teaming of Simon, Hamlisch and Sager happily generate a collaborative magic and an excitement found only in the best of Broadway musicals.

"What musical theater is all about!" – WALL STREET JOURNAL