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Playwright of a new musical JUDY GARLAND - World's Greatest Entertainer. This show is a takeoff of the '70's tv show THIS IS YOUR LIFE. But Judy's guests are Liza, Frank and ...

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Playwright of a new musical JUDY GARLAND - World's Greatest Entertainer. This show is a takeoff of the '70's tv show THIS IS YOUR LIFE. But Judy's guests are Liza, Frank and Dean. The 4 of them sing their signature tunes. Opening in April 2015

CANDLELIGHT THEATRE: April 24,25,26 & May 1,2,3 302.475.2313

baby grand Mother's Day May 10 matinee and evening performance (Mom loved Judy, Frank & Dean)  800.37.Grand

The Milton (DE) Theatre May 16 302.684.3038

 

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CHAPEL STREET PLAYERS - The 39 Steps
Celebrating their 79th season, Chapel Street stages Alfred Hitchcock's THE 39 STEPS. The movie premiered in 1935.  In 2008, however, this comic theatrical whodunit received six Tony nominations with two wins.
September 20 - 28
From November 8 - November 16. BLITHE SPIRIT, penned by the urbane and penultimate sophisticate Sir Noel Coward, this comic play was inspired by poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The play concerns the socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium and clairvoyant, Madame Arcati, to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, after the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.
ChapelStreetPlayers.org   302-368-2248  csp_boxoffice@yahoo.com

WILMINGTON DRAMA LEAGUE - Avenue Q
Tony winner of the for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book , Avenue Q mixes sophisticated puppetry, singularly un-PC songs and edgy, laugh out loud humor. Located in an “outer-outer borough” of New York City the Avenue is modeled after the famed TV children’s puppet show… but this time for adults…jaded, anxious and confused adults!
Avenue Q is a coming-of-age parable, addressing and satirizing the issues and anxieties associated with entering adulthood. Its characters lament that as children, they were assured by their parents, and by children's television programs such as PBS's SESAME STREET, they were "special" and "could do anything". As adults, though, they have discovered to their surprise and dismay that in the real world their options are limited, and they are no more "special" than anyone else. The musical is notable for the use of puppets alongside human actors.
Not in any way is AISLE SAY a spoiler, but the language that he encountered on Broadway's AVENUE Q did not emanate from the beak of Big Bird or the hungry mouth of Cookie Monster!
September 26 - October 6    MAGNOLIAS follows this from November 1 to 10
WilmingtonDramaLeague.org   764.1172
NEW CANDLELIGHT THEATRE - A Chorus Line
Running from September 13 thru November 3  NCTStage.org  475.2313
JUDY GARLAND and GEORGE GERSHWIN
And, for those community theatres searching for a real change, here are two musicals written by AISLE SAY.
TWO New musical revues for licensing for your theatre, sharing these characteristics:

  1. 1.    One set , small cast, low tech and combo-oriented productions.

  2. 2.    Two shows feature legendary, iconic entertainers and beloved songs known the world over.

  3. 3.    JUDY GARLAND "World's Greatest Entertainer" is based on the old TV show “This Is Your Life” – starring JUDY, LIZA MINELLI, FRANK SINATRA & DEAN MARTIN

  4. 4.    GERSHWIN, by GEORGE: The 1936 Radio Show - Gershwin is considered THE most important composer of the Golden ‘30’s – features all 3 aspects of the man’s musical genius – Brdway, Symphonic and Opera. One of a small handful of all Gershwin stage shows...and the ONLY one encompassing Broadway, Porgy & Bess and Rhapsody in Blue

  5. 5.    ROYALTIES: Up to 100 seats: $50.00 per night; 101-200 - $100.00 per night; over 201 - $150.00 per night. RENTALS: $100.00 + refundable deposit.

  6. 6.    $100.00 deposit required to secure rights for one year.

  7. 7.    For a one night concert of either, a flat $500.00. I have written intros for each song for an emcee.

  8. 8.    A quick turnaround to fill a scheduling hole.

  9. 9.    COMPLIMENTARY perusals and songs in the shows available.

  10. 10.  I wrote both shows and we hold licensing rights for the songs included in each show.


Greer Firestone, Playwright   302.494.3133  GreerFirestone.com

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