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One Night With Fanny Brice — A One Woman Musical

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 in Banner, Musicals, One Person Shows

Script and all Musical Arrangements by Chip Deffaa Fanny Brice worked her way up from singing on street corners for pennies as a kid, to burlesque, to Broadway… to becoming America’s highest-paid singing comedienne. She fell for a dashing confidence man, Nicky Arnstein–and when she introduced her immortal “My Man,” the whole country knew she was singing about him. There’s no better showcase to be found anywhere for a strong triple-threat actress than ONE NIGHT WITH FANNY BRICE. The score mixes fierce torch songs (like “My Man,” “After You’ve Gone,” “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home”) with irresistible comedy numbers (“Second-Hand Rose,” “Oh, How I Hate that Fellow Nathan”), ragtime (“That Mysterious Rag”) and vintage pop (“Lovie Joe,” “Rose of Washington Square”). The actress gets to sing, to dance; to go from laughs to pathos, triumphs to heartbreaks… and...

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Yankee Doodle Dandy — A Musical

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 in Banner, Musicals

Book by Chip Deffaa Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan (and others) (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) The story of the rise of George M. Cohan to the Broadway stage is told in this exuberant musical. Cohan rose from poverty to become a top star, playwright, songwriter and producer, also honored with the Congressional Medal of Honor. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY relates his inspiring all-American success story, filled with such immortal Cohan greats as “Give My Regards To Broadway,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag”, “Harrigan,” “Mary Is A Grand Old Name,” and “I’m A Yankee Doodle Dandy.” You can use 33 different actors to play the 33 different characters and you can also  have  a chorus as big or as small as you want. 18 of...

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Geeks & Gangsters — A Play

Posted on Sep 7, 2013 in Banner, Plays

by Rob. Lauer (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) Inspired by the true story of the Cleveland teenagers—Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—who created Superman, “Geeks & Gangsters” is now available for live performance. Jerry and Joe were typical high school Geeks: the popular kids ignored them, the jocks picked on them and the girls didn’t know they were alive. Brought together by their love of pulp magazines and science fiction (then called scienti-fiction ), they funneled their frustrations as high school outcasts into creating comic characters they dreamed would one day make them famous as comic strip artists. And it was while they were still in high school that they created a character that would become a cultural icon—and the most universally recognized fictional character of...

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A Southern Christmas Carol — A New Musical

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 in Banner, Christmas Shows, Musicals, Religious Titles

Book, Music and Lyrics by Rob. Lauer Musical Arrangements by Jeff Joyner (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) “Think Charles Dickens meets Horton Foote.” Looking for a funny, deeply moving, musical Christmas show that will entertain audiences of all ages and backgrounds?…A critically acclaimed musical that can be produced with as few as 10 actors or with as many as  30? Then look no further! When “A Southern Christmas Carol” premiered in 2003, critics called it “good fun…a hoot that warms the heart”… “Lovely, there’s no other single word to describe it…Charles Dickens himself couldn’t have written a better account of the spirit of Christmas. At least not Christmas in 1933 Depression-ridden Southwest Georgia.” In “A Southern Christmas Carol,” award-winning playwright Rob. Lauer moves the classic tale of Scrooge  from ...

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Frere Lawrence — A Play

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 in Banner, Premiere Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) The late private life of T. E. Lawrence derives from Lawrence’s posthumously published autobiography, The Mint. A military hero of mythic proportions after WW I and dutifully subject to his society’s stringent Victorian mores — so antithetical to his true nature — he later adopts the surname Shaw and chooses anonymity as a non-commissioned serviceman, thus totally expunging his former identity, a kind of suicide. The noble, neurotic Lawrence evokes our nearly insatiable and often frustrated yearning for intimacy, or as Freud titled it, the “discontent” of “civilization” — the perhaps most fundamental socio-biological root of everyone’s ‘double bind,’ for which talent and prominence are ultimately no sublimation and often the catalytic source of a deep seated loneliness. Both with a mix of present tense and...

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Take The Mountain Down — A Prodigal Musical

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Banner, Musicals, Religious Titles

Book, Music and Lyrics by Marvin Payne & Steven Kapp Perry Concept by R. Don Oscarson a finger pickin’ parable of the Prodigal Son (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Church Groups, Youth Theatres) “Mountain” is the musical telling of the parable of the prodigal son in the bluegrass music style. The Prodigal Son becomes The Prodigal Daughter. What happens when a wayward young woman needs to hear the sweet story of the Prodigal Son, and the only folks who love her enough to tell it are the players in a bluegrass band she once deserted? On an autumn afternoon in Appalachia, the Potluck Social String Band takes a break from their concert in the park and weaves the timeless tale of redemption and forgiveness around their former bandmate with the strings of guitars,...

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The Jungle Book — A Play

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Banner, Child/Youth Audiences, Classics, Family Audiences, Intergenerational Theatre, Plays, Religious Titles

Adapted by R. Rex Stephenson (TYA) (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, Middle Schools/Junior High Schools, Elementary Schools, Church Groups, Children’s Theatres/Youth Theatres) The play is a masterly example of drama to entertain the whole family, while getting the audience hooked on the pleasures of digging into a classic book and participating in the storytelling process. Like Kipling’s original two volumes of The Jungle Books, the play contains a collection of short stories and poems. The many generations of readers who have ranked Kipling’s books among their favorite stories will appreciate Stephenson’s fidelity to the original text. Scenes from the Mowgli stories are arranged in episodes that form a coherent account of Mowgli’s young life. The fantasy of talking animals raising an abandoned man-cub makes this play particularly appealing to young children, while both...

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Enchanted April: a musical

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Banner, Musicals, Premiere Musicals, Women Playwrights/Composers

A Month In Italy…In A Castle… http://www.cmichaelperry.com/leicesterbaytheatricals/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/EA-Trailer-1-The-Bows.mp4 Book and Lyrics by Elizabeth Hansen Music, Lyrics and arrangements by C. Michael Perry based on the novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim Appearing here under license from Hansen-Perry Productions. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups. RIGHTS CURRENTLY RESTRICTED[slightly — please inquire if you are interested in this show.]) Leicester Bay Theatricals is acting as AGENT for this musical. It is not considered a PUBLISHED musical, but one that is “in-process”.) London, 1922. It’s a rainy, miserable, dreary day in London and LOTTY WILKINS, a dowdy woman of about 30, is miserable and dreary in it. Longing for a respite from the rain, Lotty finds refuge in her women’s club where she happens upon an ad in the “Agony Column” of the London Times that reads: “To Those who Appreciate...

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Turn The Gas Back On! — A Madcap Musical

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Banner, Musicals

A Madcap Musical by Max Golightly, C. Michael Perry and Neil Newell. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools,  Church Groups, Youth Theatres) It’s a zany show about a director and a troupe of actors trying to put on an improvisational musical inspired by a work of modern art. Roger Howard, Director of a small acting company, brings Marvin, a modern artist friend, to his theatre to see a rehearsal of some of the scenes of a play he’s producing, for the purpose of convincing him it can be done with the same resulting effects and methods the painter gets with his avante-garde paintings. As the play within the play proceeds, the actors and actresses try to apply natural motivations to the meanings in the play. Impressed with a song sung by Adele, an actress...

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