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Light Up the Sky

Light Up the Sky

Play


Writer:
  • show business
  • in-fighting
  • stardom
  • broadway
  • collaboration
  • backstage
  • opening night
  • playwriting
  • 1940s
  • theatre
  • comedy
  • over-the-top
  • histrionic
  • creativity


Overview


Synopsis

Moss Hart’s Light Up the Sky takes place in the hotel room of Broadway actress Miss Irene Livingston, prior to the opening of a new play in an out-of-town tryout. Over the course of the evening -- and thus, over the course of the play -- we follow a truck-driver-turned-playwright watching his first play being produced in Boston. This backstage comedy features the grandly temperamental leading lady; her sarcastic, gin-rummy-playing mother; the flamboyant director; the lowbrow producer; and his ice-skating, wisecracking wife. The opening night seems to go awry and the producer, cast, etc., believe it is a flop and turn against one another, against the producer and especially against their unlikely author. When it turns out that the reviews are favorable, however, the tables turn, and we see how easily show business people can go from friends to enemies to friends, once more.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Book:
Category
Play
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1948
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
1940s, a suite at the ritz-carlton hotel, boston, massachusetts
Cast Size
medium
Ideal For
high school theatre, professional / regional theatre, college / university theatre, community theatre, ensemble cast
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters
Tags:
  • show business
  • in-fighting
  • stardom
  • broadway
  • collaboration
  • backstage
  • opening night
  • playwriting
  • 1940s
  • theatre
  • comedy
  • over-the-top
  • histrionic
  • creativity

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