A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine

Musical

Writers: Dick Vosburgh Jerry Herman Frank Lazarus

Overview

Show Information

Category
Musical
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
1979
Genres
Comedy, Parody, Farce, Jukebox/Revue
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings, Simple/No Set
Time & Place
grauman’s chinese theatre, 1930s, pavlenko villa, ukraine, 1910s
Cast Size
medium
Orchestra Size
Piano Only
Dancing
Heavy
Licensor
Ideal for
rofessional/regional, community, college/university, high school
Casting Notes

Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, late teen characters

Synopsis

Song and dance, comedy and heartbreak, a little historical documentary thrown in for good measure… A Day in Hollywood, a Night in the Ukraine is the perfect double feature, encompassing real pathos and perfectly ridiculous entertainment in its wide scope. In the first act, an intrepid team of ushers and usherettes at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre act as hosts and narrators, leading the audience through origin stories, song history, backstage gossip, and stern warnings set to militant tap-dance. In the second act, the audience enters the Theatre itself, and enjoys a deliciously absurd Marx Brothers comedy, complete with piano solos, screaming blondes, an obligatory love plot, patter songs, and the “gookie” face. This clever, heart-felt pastiche of 1930s Hollywood glory is a fantastic showcase for a small, triple-threat ensemble. The clever reworking of Chekhov’s The Bear which results in the “Marx Brothers” movie “A Night in the Ukraine” is by Dick Vosburgh, and the score by Frank Lazarus, Dick Vosburgh, and Jerry Herman features Jeanette MacDonald mocking “Nelson,” the terrific Groucho number “Samovar, the Lawyer,” and the tarnished gold of broken Hollywood dreams in “The Best in the World.”

Lead Characters