Full Length Musical
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
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
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.