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Jolson and Company - Full Length Musical, Drama

Jolson and Company

Stephen Mo Hanan, Jay Berkow

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Full Length Musical, Drama

2m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573629549

This musical captures on stage the story of America's greatest entertainer during his years as a star in the 1920s and his comeback in the 1940s. While Al Jolson recalls colorful moments from his life during an interview, two actors play all of the other characters, including some show business luminaries and his wives, Ruby Keeler among them.

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Description

Full Length Musical

Drama

Biography, Period

105 Minutes

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - The stage of the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway and various locations from Jolson's past. December, 1949.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Period Costumes

TAGS

Memory

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Off-Broadway

This musical captures on stage the story of America's greatest entertainer during his years as a star in the 1920s and his comeback in the 1940s. While Al Jolson recalls colorful moments from his life during an interview, two actors play all of the other characters, including some show business luminaries and his wives, Ruby Keeler among them. The vivid memories his mother, vaudeville, Broadway, feature films and five marriages together with unforgettable renditions of "Swanee," "You Made Me Love You," "Sonny Boy," "California Here I Come," "April Showers," "Mammy" and other Jolson standards made this sparkling bio musical a hit Off-Broadway and in London.

"An intelligent and winning musical...that brought cheers and applause...Does justice to the man and his music." - The New York Times

"It's impossible not to enjoy...There is both charm and humor and it flows incredibly well dramatically...Highly recommended." - nytheatre.com.

"Working with a clear vision, a diagrammatic book and a tiny cast with a lot of chutzpah. Hannan and company pull it off with terrific efficiency." - Variety

"So much fun... The narrative is given a strong element of continuity...The character of Jolson is a boon as well: capricious egotism and pig headedness offset by disarming magnetism...The audience wants to sing along, and is given its chance in the final concert segment." - Financial Times

Jolson and Company was first produced at the York Theatre Company in New York City. It was directed by Jay Berkow.
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CASTING

2m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Flexible casting, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CASTING NOTES

The play can be performed by various sized casts. The original production was performed with three actors, but can be expanded to as many as 18.

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

Actor 1 - 50s
Al Jolson

Actor 2 - 30s - 50s
Barry Gray, Poppa, Harry Jolson, Dockstader, Lloyd Bacon, Chuck DiAngelo, Col. Webster, Harry Cohn, Morris Stoloff

Actor 3 - 20s
Nancy, Naomi, Mae, Ethel, Josephine, Ruby, Martha, Erle

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SIZE OF ORCHESTRA

Small/Combo

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

Piano/Conductor Score
Violin
Ukulele
Banjo
Guitar
Bass
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