A History of the American Film

by  Christopher Durang, Mel Marvin

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  9m, 6f

"The special gifts Durang brings to this work, apart from a sharp eye for genre parody are a sense of the misguided way we watch movies-making stars, ignoring the character in favor of the actor, wallowing in the kitschier moments--and an equally let…

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A History of the American Film

by  Christopher Durang Mel Marvin

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    9m, 6f
  • SubGenre

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    Parody / Spoof

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A hilarious take off on American films, especially from the 1930s through the 1950s. The principals play a variety of characters. There is a Cagney/Bogart/Dean/Brando type-and a Fonda/Stewart/ Peck/Perkins type. The women, too, are types-basically Bette Davis, Loretta Young and Eve Arden. The parts they play are wild parodies from many Hollywood genres; a silent tearjerker, slum idyll, gangster epic, courtroom melodrama, chain gang social justice thriller, screwball comedy, Busby Berkeley backstage musical, war propaganda canteen musical-not to forget "Casablanca," "Citizen Kane" and a variety of minor genres.
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Reviews

"The special gifts Durang brings to this work, apart from a sharp eye for genre parody are a sense of the misguided way we watch movies-making stars, ignoring the character in favor of the actor, wallowing in the kitschier moments--and an equally lethal sense of how Hollywood played on our sentimentalities by using the actor and the kitsch forms to put junky ideas across." - Village Voice

"Authentic, inspired and possessed comedy...A very funny carnival." - The New York Times

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  • Orchestra Size: Large

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16 Piano/Conductor’s Scores
Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Soprano & Alto Saxophones)
Reed II (Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone)
Reed III (Bass Clarinet, Alto & Baritone Saxophones)
Trumpets I & II
Trombone
Percussion
Auxiliary Percussion
Drums
Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Bass
Guitar

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Christopher Durang

Christopher Durang's plays include The Idiots Karamazov (coauthored with Albert Innaurato), A History of the American Film (Tony nom.), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (Obie Award), Beyond Therapy (off and on Broadway), Baby with the Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie's for playwriting, Jerry Z ...

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Mel Marvin

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