Full Length Musical
Christmas/Holiday, Parody / Spoof
Time Period - 1940s / WWII
Settings Of Play - Swingtime Canteen is designed to be performed on a single unit set. The set is a USO show being performed on the stage of a London music hall in 1944. It features such period iconography as war posters and bandstands.
Any size stage will do
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Audience Participation/Interactive, Local Celebrity Cameo, Play w/ Music
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Outdoor, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
OVER 300 PERFORMANCES OFF BROADWAY It's London, 1944. Join MGM star Marian Ames and her all-girl band from the Hollywood Canteen for the rip-roaringest canteen show of them all. After 17 years with MGM, still-glamorous movie legend Marian Ames has endured four flop films in a row and is being put out to pasture. But this is 1944 and no time for self pity. So Marian has gathered up her instrument playing gal pals from the Hollywood Canteen and headed for London to entertain the troops. Joining her are Jo Sterling, (her drum playing stand-in on 17 pictures), her skittish niece Katie Gammersflugel, solid as a rock piano playing riveter Topeka Abotelli and leggy chorine Lilly McBain. Get ready for a memorable night as these five archetypal film characters from the 1940's prove their mettle while they sing over 30 vintage classics from the war years. Laughs, tears, emotional fireworks, air raids and a celebration of women during the war punctuate this hilarious and heart warming story. Songs include: "Don't Fence Me In," "I'll Be Seeing You," "Sing Sing Sing," "How High the Moon," "I Don't Want to Walk without You," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," "Sentimental Journey," "Apple Blossom Time", a fast paced, 12-song Andrews Sisters medley and many more.
"What a pleasure! A funny parody of backstage Hollywood musicals." - The New York Times
"Swingtime Canteen is an evocative balancing act of music and comedy, parody and sentiment. They make the good war sound great... [There's an] Andrew's Sisters medley that's a wowser. And they escalate into feeling with "I'll Be Seeing You." This gorgeous rendition works as a reminder of what the boys were fighting for, and what any struggle - war in the '40s, AIDS in the '90s - means to the combatants: pain and loss, and a sweet, frail hope." - TIME Magazine
"A must see! A must enjoy! - The New York Post
"High Octane! Rip Roaring! Smoothly Polished!" - New York Newsday
"An irresistible nostalgia-fest!"- Time Out London
Swingtime Canteen opened Off Broadway at the The Blue Angel Theatre in February 1995 and ran for over 300 performances before hitting Atlantic City and London.