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Spitfire Grill, The - Full Length Musical, Drama

Spitfire Grill, The

Fred Alley, James Valcq, Lee David Zlotoff

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Full Length Musical, Drama

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573629303

Music and Book by James Valcq
Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff

"A soul satisfying...work of theatrical resourcefulness. A compelling story that flows with grace and carries the rush of anticipation. The story moves, the characters have many dimensions and their transformations are plausible and moving. The musical is freeing. It is penetrated by honesty and it glows." - The New York Times

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Time Period - Contemporary

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

Nominee! 2013 Jeff Awards, Best Production of a Musical
A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.

REVIEWS

"A soul satisfying...work of theatrical resourcefulness. A compelling story that flows with grace and carries the rush of anticipation. The story moves, the characters have many dimensions and their transformations are plausible and moving. The musical is freeing. It is penetrated by honesty and it glows." - The New York Times

"Soulful...The amiable country flavored tunes and lyrics are rendered with the kind of conviction and expertise that make them transcendent. What in normal times would be a joy is, in these troubled ones, sheer nourishment." - New York Magazine

"Soaring melodies!...Well before the show reaches its conclusion, many...city slickers in the audience may be ready to enter Percy's raffle." - The Wall Street Journal

"An abundance of warmth, spirit and goodwill!...Some of the most engaging and instantly infectious melodies I've heard in an original musical in some time." - USA Today

Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING NOTES

All characters (besides Percy) speak in 'standard Mid-Western' speech, without 'countrified' intonations.

CHORUS SIZE

No Chorus

PERCY TALBOTT - early 20s. Pretty, if a bit rough-edged, her face declares the strength of her youth and a sadness beyond her years. Her accent has a southern Appalachian cadence. Strong folk/country belt to 'D', some head voice required.
HANNAH FERGUSON - about 70. A tough-skinned and flinty old bird with a short, no-nonsense manner bordering on the bitter. Mezzo/alto chest range.
SHELBY THORPE - mid-30s. A plain, soft-faced creature with a shy, almost ethereal manner. Shimmering folk sopranco with strong high belt to 'D'.
CALEB THORPE - early 40s. Out-of-work foreman of the stone quarry. Frustrated working man clinging to the past. Solid folk/rock voice with an edge (Top 'G').
SHERIFF JOE SUTTER - mid-late 20s. A young small-town policeman with an appealing intensity and a restless nature. Strong folk tenor to a 'G' (touches an 'A').
EFFY KRAYNECK - 50s. Postmistress and busybody, a woman with narrow eyes and a sour tongue. Solid singer in mezzo/alto chest range. Carries close harmony.
THE VISITOR - mid-40s. A mysterious figure who never speaks. An actor with powerful eyes and a very strong sense of his body.

Rental Materials

SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Folk

1 Piano/Conductor Score
7 Vocal Chorus Books

Cello
Violin
Accordion
Guitar/Mandolin
Song Samples

A Ring Around the Moon

Something's Cooking

Out of the Frying Pan

When Hope Goes

Ice and Snow

The Colors of Paradise

Digging Stone

This Wide Woods

Shoot the Moon

Come Alive Again

Wild Bird

Shine

Way Back Home

Finale

Author(s)
Fred Alley

Fred Alley

Fred Alley (1962–2001) was an American musical theatre lyricist and librettist who died unexpectedly just as his work gained national recognition. His collaboration on the musical The Spitfire Grill with composer James Valcq won the American Academy of Arts and Letters' prestigious Richard Rodgers Production Award for 2001. Premiered at the George Street Playhouse in New Jersey and produced ... view full profile

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Lee David  Zlotoff

Lee David Zlotoff

Lee David Zlotoff is a producer, director and screenwriter best known as the creator of the TV series MacGyver, which ran on ABC between 1985 and 1992 and was sold throughout the world. He then produced the television series The Man from Snowy River, loosely based on the Banjo Patterson poem "The Man from Snowy River". Additionally, he wrote and directed the 1996 film The Spitfire Grill, which won ... view full profile

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Reviews
Matthew Lloyd 8/13/2014 5:54 AM
Songs are catchy, characters well-developed, the ending is a little tricky - they wrote a different ending than the movie had, which I completely understand, but if not handled carefully, it could end up feeling like a cop-out ending, like, we didn't know how to end this and this is what we came up with. But overall, the transformations many of the characters undergo through the course of the play make this a very worth-while production.
Joan McGinley 6/26/2014 6:46 AM
We have yet to put this into production, but we can't wait.  We already are impressed with the songs & we're whistlin' away.  Give it a go!
Richard Buman 11/29/2013 7:19 PM
Tremendous depth of character in a musical.

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