Full Length Musical, Comedy / 2m, 2f
A raucous, irreverent and unfiltered new musical comedy. Enter an America where the government is in your kitchen, sniffing for outlawed cigarettes!
"A smokin'-hot new musical!...Catchy melodies that will stick in your head like peanut butter...The pop-rock score is terrific." – The New York Times
"A freedom-loving musical!...If critics get insulted, then the musical has proven its point: America’s just way too uptight." – Entertainment Weekly
"A lovechild of George Orwell and vintage Mad Magazine." – Show Business Weekly
"Hilarious socio-political satirical musical farce!" – Curtain Up
"Ferociously energetic!...Russell and Melnick have keen instinct for parody." – Show Business Weekly
"The songs are bright, the lyrics are goofy and the story is nutty!" – Curtain Up
"Wonderfully off the wall!" – Edge.com
"A hysterical look into the future." – NYTheatre.com
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THE LAST SMOKER IN AMERICA: THE JOURNEY TO THE STAGE
by Bill Russell
August 24, 2016
- Gun Shots
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
- Time Period: Present Day
- Duration: 90 minutes
- Setting: Pam and Ernie's suburban kitchen. Each of the characters has musical fantasies such as performing at a rock concert or with the Osmonds, so it needs to accommodate those.
- Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes
- Musical Style: Pop/Rock
- Vocal Demands: Moderate
- Orchestra Size: Small/Combo
- Chorus Size: No Chorus
PAM – middle-aged, teaches English Comp at a small university while trying to take care of her family and quit smoking – neither of which is possible. She’s smart and sensitive which only exacerbates her awareness that her life is coming apart at the seams.
ERNIE – Pam’s husband, also middle-aged. He is a frustrated rocker with a spotty employment history and anger management issues. He tries to do the right thing by his wife and son despite his annoyance with them.
JIMMY – Pam and Ernie’s teenage son. His ADHD runs rampant if he forgets to take his medication which happens frequently due to his complete immersion in video games. He listens to so much rap and hip-hop he’s convinced he’s black.
PHYLLIS – a nosy next-door neighbor in her 30’s or 40’s. She is an African-American who has spent much of her life trying to be white; a right-wing Christian, anti-smoking zealot, joyous in her addiction to the Lord.
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Music Material Rental Packages
1 Gangsta Backing Track - CD
The Last Smoker in America was first presented at the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival in New York City. The show subsequently received its world premiere at CATCO in Columbus, Ohio, in 2010. The show was then presented Off Broadway by Andy Sandberg with Whitney Hoagland Edwards, Michael Palitz, and Stephanie Rosenberg. It was directed by Mr. Sandberg and choreographed by AC Ciulla.