"Tap Dancing, Toe Tapping sensation!"
Sue Wilkinson - Brid Free Press
7 singers (4F, 3M)
6 dancers (3F, 3M)
This is adaptable to any number of cast and can be the thrust of the story can be the history of Hollywood rather than of a specific actress. Speak to Alex for how you might adapt it for your group.
The story and career of an ageing Hollywood Star told in flashback as she receives a lifetime achievement award.
We follow the career highs and lows of Kay Lawrence, discovered in her parent's Vaudeville act in the 1920s and catapulted to stardom. We see her progress through Silent Films into working with Busby Berkeley and on to her golden time with Fred Astaire. In the 1940s she struggles to find the roles as the newer and younger stars come through. During WWII she entertains the troops and, by chance, ends up in the UK starring in an Ivor Novello show. As the 1950s approach we see Hollywood turn its back on her and she begins a new chapter on the concert stage. Time passes and the venues get smaller and the opportunities fewer. Finally we discover her at rock bottom in a seedy bar singing her signature song, It All Depends on You, in a torch version far removed from the early up tempo cheeky young girl at the beginning of the show. The show finishes with her being rediscovered and cast as the lead in the Movie Musical version of Kiss of the Spider Woman. She reinvents herself once more and is welcomed back into the glitterati as the Grand Dame.
This show is packed full of Movie tunes from the Golden Era. It barely stops to take breath as it whisks you through the decades and various styles of the Hollywood greats, paying tribute to Fred Astaire, Judy Garland and Gene Kelly to name but a few.
New compositions and comedy dialogue pepper the evening with a brand new song explaining the history of Hollywood (At the Flicks), a comedy skit based on 1930s Hammer Horror films, A comedy telephone call and the shockingly frank hoedown: Isla, The Inappropriate Usherette!