Imaginary Friends

by  Marvin Hamlisch, Nora Ephron, Craig Carnelia

Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 6f

"Highly theatrical and engaging.... The songs ... add considerably to the show's entertainment value.... echoing the vaudevillian brouhaha of the headline making feud." - Curtain Up

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 6f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Novelist Mary McCarthy's notorious statement on the Dick Cavett Show calling playwright Lillian Hellman a liar exploded into one of the most famous of all literary feuds. This surreal farce portrays these two literary lionesses battling it out in hell. It chronicles a compelling story of two women shaped by their different but equally unsettled childhoods, their looks (one was a beauty, one was not) and the men in their lives while it brilliantly examines to great comic effect the concept of truth in fiction: Who can you believe? Interspersed throughout are witty songs that enable the ensemble to comment on the action. The acclaimed Broadway production starred famed actresses Swoozie Kurtz and Cherry Jones.
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Reviews

"Highly theatrical and engaging.... The songs ... add considerably to the show's entertainment value.... echoing the vaudevillian brouhaha of the headline making feud." - Curtain Up

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Piano Only

Casting

3m, 6f
LILLIAN HELLMAN
MARY McCARTHY
THE MAN
ABBY KAISER
LEO
MRS. STILLMAN
BEGUINE DANCER
FACT
FICTION
VIC
FIZZY
A WOMAN
OTHERS
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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Marvin Hamlisch

As composer, Hamlisch won virtually every major award that exists: three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globe awards. For Broadway he wrote the music for his groundbreaking show, A Chorus Line, which received the Pulitzer Prize as well as They’re Playing Our Song, The Goodbye Girl and Swee ...

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Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood [Silkwood(1983), co-written with Alice Ar ...

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Craig Carnelia

Carnelia grew up in Floral Park, New York. He was exposed to Broadway at the age of fourteen when he was inspired by the Richard Rodgers musical No Strings. He played guitar, was in a folksinging group and taught himself to play the piano. While attending Hofstra University he won the role of The Boy in off-Broadway's ...

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Imaginary Friends was first produced at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in September 2002.

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