Monster Makers

by  Stephen Dolginoff

Full Length Musical  /  4m, 1f

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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    ASCAP Music Award
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

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! 
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Reviews

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

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Videos

  • Monster Makers - New York Theatre Barn Reading
  • Monster Makers - photo montage (Black Box Staging)
  • Monster Makers - photo montage (Full Scenery)
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s, 1930s, 1920s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    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. 

  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate

Song Samples

Overture
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Sacrifice My Vision
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The Night We Filmed Your Death
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Out For Blood
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Creating a Monster
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I Want it My Way
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Take the World by Storm
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Never Let the Perfect
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Horror Fan
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Finale - Nail in the Coffin
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Casting

4m, 1f

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

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Cast Attributes

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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) 

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

1 Piano Conductor Score
5 Vocal Chorus Books

Optional Performance Tracks

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Authors

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 ...

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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. 

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