Light Up the Sky

Play

Writers: Moss Hart

Overview

Show Information

Book
Category
Play
Number of Acts
3
First Produced
1948
Genres
Comedy
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
1940s, a suite at the ritz-carlton hotel, boston, massachusetts
Cast Size
medium
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters

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.

Lead Characters