A Day in Hollywood

This musical comedy performed in Dodge City was essentially two independent one-act plays, with a book and lyrics by Dick Vosburgh and music by Frank Lazarus. Additionally, songs by other composers were incorporated into the score. The first act –  A Day in Hollywood, is a revue of classic Hollywood songs of the 1930s performed by singers and dancers representing ushers from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, (the lobby even had concrete slabs with the cast & crews feet & handprints!). The second act –  A Night in the Ukraine, is loosely based on Anton Chekhov’s one-act play The Bear, and was presented in the style of a Marx Brothers movie. The show originally premiered on March 28, 1979 at London’s Mayfair Theatre, where it ran for 168 performances. After nine previews, the Broadway production, directed and co-choreographed (with Thommie Walsh) by Tommy Tune, opened on May 1, 1980 at the Royale Theatre, where it ran for 588 performances. The play ran at the Boot Hill Museum from February 20 – March 2, 1986.

(Cast:  Karen Warshaw, Brian Richardson, Tania Hopkins, Jana Ross, Jill Austen, Mischel Miller, Greg Smith, Roberta Scott, Ken Dean)

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