In 1992, veteran actor Hume Cronyn won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for his role in this television film. The film was nominated for four Emmys in total that year, the other categories where the film did not win were Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special - Neil Simon writer; Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Special - Paul Bogart (director); Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special -Anne Bancroft; and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special - Jerry Orbach.
Final part of Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical "Eugene Trilogy" which followed Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) and Biloxi Blues (1988). All three films originated as plays and all had alliterative titles based on alliteration of the letters 'B' and 'Br'.
This tele-film was made and released about six years after its source play of the same name by Neil Simon was first performed in 1986. The original Broadway production of "Broadway Bound" opened at the Broadhurst Theater in New York on 4th December 1986 and ran for 756 performances until 25th Sepember 1988. The play was nominated for four 1987 Tony Awards including Best Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play (Phyllis Newman), Best Featured Actor in a Play (John Randolph) and Best Actress in a Play (Linda Lavin), it winning the last two categories. Neil Simon wrote the original play script and the screenplay that this filmed production was based on. The play's setting is described in its intro: "Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY. February, late 1940s".
The film's source Neil Simon play was a nominee for The Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1987 but the play did not win. Playwright Neil Simon would later win it for his play of Lost in Yonkers (1993) in 1991.
The play did not premiere on Broadway but debuted on 6th October 1986 at the Reynolds Theater at Duke University. Writer Neil Simon has said that the launch at a smaller venue meant there was less pressure trying to please the critics on Broadway.
This tele-film was the first of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy to be produced as a motion picture made for television. The first two plays in the trilogy were made as theatrical feature films (See: Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) and Biloxi Blues (1988)).
Jonathan Silverman played Eugene Morris Jerome in the Broadway production of "Broadway Bound" and also in the film Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986). Alternatively, Silverman plays Eugene's brother, Stanley Jerome, in this tele-film. Matthew Broderick, who originated the role on Broadway in "Brighton Beach Memoirs," and won a Tony for it, played Eugene in Biloxi Blues (1988), while Corey Parker portrayed Eugene in this tele-movie. Parker was the third actor to play the character in films and TV and the first on television. Also, Parker played Arnold Epstein, an Army buddy of Eugene's, alongside Broderick in Biloxi Blues (1988).