My Favorite Year

My Favorite Year

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Category
Musical
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1992
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
new york, 1954
Cast Size
large
Orchestra Size
Large
Dancing
Musical Staging
Ideal For
many featured roles, community theatre, professional theatre, older roles, male lead, large chorus
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, late teen characters

Synopsis

It’s 1954, and young Benjy Stone is realizing his life-long dream of writing for television, working as a freshman writer on TV’s most popular comedy show:  King Kaiser’s Comedy Cavalcade.  Life is crazy but exhilarating, and just when he thought it couldn’t get any more interesting, Benjy is assigned as chaperone (read: babysitter) to swashbuckling veteran Hollywood star, Alan Swann.  Swann has been Benjy’s movie idol and inspiration since he was a child.  Benjy was raised by a single mother, and used to fantasize about Swann being his real father.  It’s a dream come true, until he meets the real Swann and realizes that life is much more complicated than it ever looks in the movies. Ahrens and Flaherty’s coming-of-age musical is based on the 1982 motion picture My Favorite Year, with a story by Dennis Palumbo and a screenplay by Norman Steinberg and Dennis Palumbo.


Characters

Male

Lead

Baritone

Male

Lead

Tenor

Female

Supporting

Alto



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