Screenplay and adaptation by BETTY COMDEN
and ADOLPH GREEN
Songs by NACIO HERB BROWN and ARTHUR FREED
Produced by arrangement with Maurice Rosenfield,
Lois F. Rosenfield and Cindy Pritzker, inc.
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with JOSEF WEINBERGER LIMITED on behalf of MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL of NEW YORK.
at the Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen
Monday, 14th February to Saturday, 19th February, 2005
Curtain up at 7.30 p.m.
at the Lyric Theatre Carmarthen
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Hollywood, 1927. The red carpet is down for the premiere of Monumental Pictures’ featuring the two hottest stars of the day’ Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont. As their car pulls up the crowd go wild. A film columnist asks them about the rumours of their upcoming marriage.
The premiere is a hit; Don fights off the evil of the villain and saves Lina. The couple is called onto stage at the end to take a bow and Don says some thank-yous. Lina tries to speak too, but is cut off by Don every time. Backstage Lina is furious that nobody lets her talk. But her nasal tone is not the only problem. She believes everything the papers say about her and Don.
Don wants to take a walk to the after-party but soon finds himself mobbed by fans. In an attempt to fool them into thinking he’s someone else he puts his arm around a girl (Kathy) uninvolved in the commotion. She thinks she recognises him from the newspapers because he is a criminal. Once a policeman has identified Don, Kathy explains she is pursuing a ‘serious’ stage career: all the dramatic arm flinging in silent movies isn’t art according to her.
At the party, Monumental Films’ studio head, RF Simpson, has a surprise for everyone. He unveils a short talking film , something Hollywood has never seen before. Simpson explains that Warner Bros are making a talking picture, The Jazz Singer.
It’s the first day of filming The Duelling Cavalier. As Cosmo points out, the story is the same as all the other Lockwood-Lamont pictures; this time it is set during the French revolution. Don and Lina play the scene with perfect expressions of love and happiness, while Lina asks where Don was the other night. Don confirms he was looking for Kathy and it emerges that Lina arranged for Kathy to be fired. They begin to fight, while still smiling for the cameras.
Simpson walks in and stops the shoot. Monumental will shut down for a few weeks while they convert to sound, and The Duelling Cavalier will be their first talkie. Cosmo is put in charge of a new music department, but it seems Simpson hasn’t taken Lina’s voice into account.
The transformation of the studios is complete and many films are under way. Kathy has a part in a lavish musical number and is spotted by Simpson and Cosmo. Meanwhile, Lina and Don are having voice lessons. Lina doesn’t see anything wrong with her voice, but is trying for ‘round tones’ nevertheless. Don on the other hand is making a song-and-dance of his own, completing his trainer’s tongue twisters with ease.
The Duelling Cavalier is previewed and it’s a shambles. The dubbing is out of sync, Lina’s voice is awful and the audience falls about laughing. Cosmo and Kathy console Don and a great idea dawns: make The Duelling Cavalier into a musical! Of course the problem with this is Lina – again. But maybe Kathy could sing instead?
The next day Simpson is enthralled by the idea. It is agreed that Lina mustn’t find out that they’re not using her voice until too late. The film is retitled The Dancing Cavalier and Kathy’s voice is recorded with Don by her side. Meanwhile, Lina finds out what is going on.
The movie is premiered and by the audience’s reaction it looks to be a hit. Simpson, Cosmo, Don and Kathy are waiting in the wings of the theatre. One of the crew comes in with newspapers, which claim that Monumental Pictures are thrilled with Lina’s talent, giving Kathy no credit at all. Lina enters with her contract. She reminds Simpson that she controls her own publicity and can sue if she doesn’t like what is printed about her.
Lina announces to the crew that Kathy has a five-year contract to be her voice. The audience calls for one of the stars to come onto stage. Don and Cosmo encourage Lina to go on to make a speech, but her flat tone confuses the audience so they ask her to sing. Lina rushes to the wings for help and the men decide that Kathy should sing behind the curtain for Lina.
While Lina launches into her charade, Simpson, Don and Cosmo raise the curtain behind her. Despite the roars of laughter coming from the auditorium, Lina continues until the voice behind her changes to Cosmo’s. Lina runs off and Kathy makes for the aisle. Then Don comes onto stage and announces that it was Kathy’s voice all along. She is the real star. Kathy joins Don on stage and everyone, except Lina, is happy.
Acts and Musical Numbers:
Fit As A Fiddle Cosmo and Don
You Stepped Out Of A Dream Don and Company
All I Do Is Dream Of You Kathy and Girls
Make ‘Em Laugh Cosmo
Beautiful Girl Errol
You Were Meant For Me Don
Moses Supposes Don,Cosmo and Miss Dinsmore
Good Morning Don
Would You? Kathy and Don
What’s Wrong With Me? Lina
Broadway Melody Cosmo,Don and Company
Lucky Star Don and Kathy
DON LOCKWOOD IWAN HEDD LEWIS
KATHY SELDEN CARLY KAVANAGH
LINA LAMONT ABIGAIL DURGAN
COSMO BROWN .JOSHUA DAVIES
RF SIMPSON MICHAEL FORMSTON
ROSCOE DEXTER MATTHEW MORGANS
DORA BAILEY HAWYS JONES
ERROL HEULYN JONES
ROD DAVID TOMLIN
OLGA MARA RACHEL CALVERT
ZELDA ZANDERS ROWAN DAVIES
MISS DINSMORE KAYLEY RICHARDS
MRS SIMPSON HANNAH SIGGERY
POLICEMAN HEFIN ROBINSON
YOUNG DON CUAN ROWLANDS
YOUNG COSMO ROSS NELSON
Ffion Mathews, Danielle Haughey, Elin Bennet, Catrin Robinson, Helena Harrison, Georgina Tipping, Elin Wyn Williams,
Sophie Davies, Canan Ozyurt, Sophie Evans, Rebecca Jones, Angharad Thomas, Jennifer Evans.
Samantha Maceachan, Nia Griffths, Angharad Jones, Emily Davies, Claire Roberts, Caryl Bond, Naomi Ellis, Olivia Morris, Misha Kavanagh.
GIRLS CHORUS SENIOR
Georgina Edwards, Helen Roberts, Rebecca Vowles, Catherine Sharp, Morgan Rennie, Lisa Hassel, Natalie Jones, Anna Clarke, Natasha Thomas, Ffion Humphreys, Anwen Price, Louise Richards.
GIRLS CHORUS JUNIOR
Frances Chester, Jasmin Owen, Angharad Price, Jaimie Duxberry, Shelley Thomas, Lucy Clarke, Rebecca Miles, Holly Rhys Ellis, Emma Pope.
Thomas Vowles, Thomas Young, Owain Davies, Steffan Hughes, Ellis Grover, Brendan Westhoff, Daniel Owen, Steffan Rizzi, Rory Edwards, Scot Maceachan, Rory Westhoff.