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Monster Makers - Full Length Musical

Monster Makers

Stephen Dolginoff

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Full Length Musical

4m, 1f

ISBN: 9780573704666

A musical triple-feature inspired by three monstrously true, behind-the-scenes tales of the most famous monster movies in cinema history!
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Description

Full Length Musical

Period, Parody / Spoof

90 minutes

Time Period - 1970s, 1930s, 1920s

Settings Of Play -

Act One - Germany, 1922. A lawyer's conference room in a courthouse.

Act Two - Hollywood, 1931.The make-up room at Universal Studios. 

Act Three - England, 1973. A sound stage at Hammer Films. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

TAGS

Movies

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

ASCAP Music Award

A musical triple-feature inspired by three monstrously true, behind-the-scenes tales of the most famous monster movies in cinema history! In 1920s Germany, director F.W. Murnau fears he may lose a lawsuit brought by the estate of Bram Stoker over his silent vampire film Nosferatu, which is suspiciously similar to Dracula. Will all of the prints be destroyed? In 1930s Hollywood, make-up man Jack Pierce works carefully to create the defining look for Frankenstein’s monster while trying to meet the demands of the studio. Will he get the credit he deserves? In 1970s England, actor Peter Cushing hopes to be able to finish the final British sequels to Frankenstein and Dracula before outside forces threaten to get in the way. Will his horror fans be disappointed? Will all of these men triumph while fighting for their art against the various demons they must face? As these famous monster makers each discover- -sometimes real life can be even more frightening than the movies! 


REVIEWS

Monster Makers captures the magic behind movie monsters throughout the history of film—a loving tribute to the geniuses behind three cult classics!”  - Sioux City Journal 

"This is a highly intelligent and compelling musical. It’s extraordinarily entertaining. The music is quite wonderful and so are the lyrics. This is again proof that if you really love something, you’ll do a good job with it, and that shows throughout this piece. It has tremendous legs — legs even longer than Frankenstein’s monster! Keep an eye out for Monster Makers. I think you are going to be delightfully surprised!” - Broadway Radio, Read More

“The movie-macabre has come, by way of the musical! Intelligent and uplifting, Monster Makers is worth the ticket to ride. Haunting melodies and fast-flowing lyrics. This triple-feature takes a uniquely individual trip through filmic horror lore!” - Theatre Pizzazz, Read More 

“A great, fun idea for a musical. The songs were excellent. Dolginoff is a poetic and romantic composer. The general experience was one of intensity and joy. ” - New York Cabaret Today, Read More


Check out these photos of LAMB Arts Theatre production of Monster Makers in September 2015.


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Monster Makers was first presented in New York City at the Daryl Roth Theatre on June 22, 2015. It was produced by New York Theatre Barn (Joe Barros, Artistic Director; Mark Montague, Managing Director; Laura Brandel, Artistic Producer). The performers were Stephen Dolginoff, Camille Diamond, John McVeigh, Leo Ash Evens and Zachary Orts. 

Characters

CASTING

4m, 1f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Expandable casting, Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

ACTORS ARE TRIPLE CAST

ACTOR ONE: F.W. MURNAU; JAMES WHALE; TERENCE FISHER   (Directors)

ACTOR TWO: MORITZ; JACK PIERCE; DRACULA’S STUNT MAN  (Various Men)

ACTOR THREE: MAX SCHRECK; BORIS KARLOFF; PETER CUSHING (Actors)

ACTOR FOUR: ALBIN GRAU; CARL LAEMMLE; ANTHONY HINDS  (Producers)

ACTOR FIVE:  MRS. STOKER; VERA WEST; VICTORIA (Women) 

ACT ONE

F.W. MURNAU – a flamboyant director 
ALBIN GRAU – a stern producer
MORITZ – a meek lawyer
   
MAX SCHRECK – a creepy actor
MRS. FLORENCE STOKER – a formidable widow 


ACT TWO
JACK PIERCE - a maniacal make-up artist
JAMES WHALE - a well-mannered director
BORIS KARLOFF - a friendly actor 
CARL LAEMMLE - a typical Hollywood producer
VERA WEST - a wisecracking costume designer

ACT THREE 
PETER CUSHING - a dignified movie star
DRACULA’S STUNTMAN - a non-chalant guy
TERENCE FISHER - a petulant director
ANTHONY HINDS - a jovial producer
VICTORIA - a sexy actress

Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

Classic Broadway

VOCAL DEMANDS

Moderate

1 Piano Conductor Score
5 Vocal Chorus Books

Optional Performance Tracks

Song Samples

Overture

Sacrifice My Vision

The Night We Filmed Your Death

Out For Blood

Creating a Monster

I Want it My Way

Take the World by Storm

Never Let the Perfect

Horror Fan

Finale - Nail in the Coffin

Videos
  • Monster Makers - New York Theatre Barn Reading

  • Monster Makers - photo montage (Black Box Staging)

  • Monster Makers - photo montage (Full Scenery)

Author
Stephen Dolginoff

Stephen Dolginoff

Stephen Dolginoff is an award-winning, New York based writer/composer. He received Drama Desk Award nominations for Best Musical & Best Music; an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Off-Broadway musical; and won an ASCAP Music Award for his musical THRILL ME: THE LEOPOLD & LOEB STORY. Over 100 productions in 15 countries and 10 languages have followed, including a run on London's West ... view full profile

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Reviews
Russell Wooley 10/29/2015 11:41 AM
I had the great pleasure of directing and producing the premiere production of MONSTER MAKERS to open our 36th season.  With it's three act/scene construction....the show presents a bit of film history while giving your audience some of the back stories of "The Men Behind" some of the most famous monsters of filmdom.....all while giving your audience an extremely enjoyable and very funny ride. Actors will have great fun with these characters....some based on real people and some not....moving from Germany in the 20's to Hollwood in the 30's to the 70's in London....presents some workouts your five actors will love. This show will fit into any season at any time. I heartily recommend it!!

Russell Wooley
Managing/Artistic Director
LAMB Arts Regional Theatre
N Dp 9/10/2015 12:19 PM
It’s funny, clever, informative and even touching in some parts.   Great songs too! And it’s about Dracula and Frankenstein movies! What could be better?   What was most impressive to me is
that even though the show is done in three separate acts, telling three
different stories, they are all tied together with call backs and references to
each other.  So it’s really feels like one big show instead of three little
ones. And I appreciate how it only has 5 actors who keep coming back in similar
yet different roles (such as directors, producers, actors) each time—lots of
opportunities for different characterizations.  Highly recommended!

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