It’s 1929 as The Jazz Singer hits the silver screen and the talkies promise to change movies forever. Enter three down-and-out vaudevillians who hatch a hare-brained scheme to “make it big” in Tinsel Town. Their plan? To open a voice academy for the witless stars of silent movies. The only things standing in their way are ditzy starlets and power-hungry movie moguls. Starring Edward Asner and directed by Moss Hart’s son, this is top-of-the-bill screwball comedy and Kaufman and Hart genius at its very best. Adapted by Christopher Hart.
An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring:
Caroline Aaron as Helen Hobart/Miss Chasen
Edward Asner as Herman Glogauer
Jen Dede as Susan Walker
Jeanie Hackett as Mrs. Walker/Miss Leighton
David Kaufman as George Lewis
Katharine Leonard as Florabel Leigh/Bridesmaid #2
Joe Liss as Ernest/Others
Kellie Matteson as Phyllis Fontaine/Bridesmaid #1
Jon Matthews as Rudolph Kammerling/Others
Sarah Rafferty as May Daniels
Jonathan Silverman as Jerry Hyland
Steve Vinovich as Lawrence Vail/Others
Directed by Christopher Hart. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in October of 2009.