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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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Chip Deffaa • Author and Composer

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 in Authors

ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award-winner Chip Deffaa is  an internationally-produced  playwright with seven scripts to his credit and director with a great love of show business.  He is also the author of eight acclaimed books dealing with music and popular culture, including Blue Rhythms and Voices of the Jazz Age, both published by the University of Illinois Press. In the past year, Deffaa has been  represented, as a playwright and director,  with three different plays at three different festivals in New York–“The Seven Little Foys” at the Fringe Festival, “Theater Boys” at the Fresh Fruit Festival, and “A Few Moments…” at the Strawberry Festival.  In addition, his award-winning “George M. Cohan Tonight!” opened at the Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Festival.  And  his “Johnny Mercer Jamboree” is currently running at the Rochester Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. For 18 years, Deffaa covered entertainment–including jazz, cabaret,...

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The Idiot — An Adaptation

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 in Classics, New Releases, Plays, Premiere Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers Translated and adapted from the Dostoyevsky novel. (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups) How would the world react if the Savior of the World again suddenly appeared in the guise of just another mortal? The profound Russian writer Dostoevsky inserts such a character in each of his four major novels—in CRIME AND PUNISHMENT the prostitute Sonya Marmeladovama, in THE POSSESSED (or THE DEVILS the false Messiah Stavroginm and in THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV the maligned but holy abbot Zosima and his righteous disciple Alesha. In all literature there are in fact very few memorable ‘Christ figures.’ Don Quixote may be one as well as another Russian author’s protagonist, Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago. In the opinion of this stage version’s adaptor, the hero of THE IDIOT, Myshkin, is the most complete and impressive of...

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