|WHAT MAKES SAMMY
A newly-revised version of the 1964 Broadway musical with music & lyrics by Ervin Drake, book by Budd Schulberg and Stuart Schulberg. Based on the acclaimed 1941 novel about a back-stabbing heel's journey from copy boy to Hollywood studio executive, this smaller, more intimate adaptation is now available for production. Here's what the critics said about the 2006 premiere.
"The book is tight, witty, and the voice of Budd Schulberg is undeniable in it. The direction by Robert Armin is sure and rhythmically right, using the spare space without scenery with creative imagination." - Southampton Press
"Carl Anthony Tramon's climber in the current production is a smalltime punk determined to make good. His impassioned performance is well matched by Larry Daggett's solid Al Manheim, the playwright done dirt by his friend Sammy, and Moira Stone's assured Kit, the writer who falls hard for Sammy but loves Al. Kristin McLaughlin as a mogul's vampy daughter, Jeffrey Farber as a tragic studio exec, and Darron Cardosa as a nebbishy writer whose work is appropriated by Sammy are excellent, too... Based on this greatly revised chamber production, the property would seem to have a good deal to offer." - Backstage
"Armin's affection for the story shines through at every juncture." - TalkinBroadway.com
"This production of What Makes Sammy Run?—billed as a world premiere of a new version of the 1964 musical—clearly represents a labor of love for its director, adaptor, and principal instigator, Robert Armin." - nytheatre.com
"The scaling-down for this church-theater production hurts the show surprisingly little, thanks to clever dime-budget costumes by Joanne Haas and some intelligent double-casting that makes it seem like there are more than 10 actors in the company." - TheaterMania.com
"Carl Anthony Tramon is the best, by far, of all the Sammy's I've seen, and I've seen them all." - Budd Schulberg
"What makes this new version of the show exciting is the performance of Carl Anthony Tramon as the title character, Sammy Glick, Hollywood champion heel of all time. His transformation from uncouth copy boy to monstrous Hollywood mogul is an impressive acting feat...Musical aficionados should flock to see this Sammy before he runs! " - fredric48a , NYTimes.com
For more information. Cast breakdown: 7 men, 3 women.
|THE MALE ANIMAL (Adapter)||
A Revised version of the 1940 comedy by James Thurber and Elliott Nugent approved by the Thurber and Nugent estates for production. Recently presented at the Shawnee Playhouse in Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania.
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|This witty new book musical features the theatre songs of Vernon Duke, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, E.Y. "Yip" Harburg, John Latouche, Ted Fetter, Martin Charnin, Howard Dietz, Sammy Cahn and others. Based on the 1937 Warner Bros. comedy It's Love I'm After starring Bette Davis, Leslie Howard and Olivia DeHavilland, Madly In Love was given a staged reading by the Goodspeed Opera Company and is available for development by a professional theatre group or producer. (A recently recorded demonstration CD featuring such top Broadway professionals as Karen Ziemba (left), Brent Barrett, Jay O. Sanders, Denise Nolin, Stuart Zagnit and Tia Speros is now available.) Cast breakdown: 7 men, 4 women, small chorus.|
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|A forgotten comic gem from the late 18th Century, this romantic comedy (originally called "The Jew") by Irish playwright Richard Cumberland is the first English language play to present a Jewish money lender as the philanthropic hero. A definite twist on the stereotypical Shylock, the leading character secretly brings happiness to a pair of young lovers and resolves a dispute between a father and his son. Virtually every role is a gem in this surprising rediscovery. More information. Cast breakdown: 6 men, 5 women.|