My Favorite Year

Musical

Writers: Joseph Dougherty Stephen Flaherty Lynn Ahrens

Overview

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Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
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.

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