My Favorite Year

My Favorite Year

Book by  Joseph Dougherty
Music by  Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by  Lynn Ahrens
Based on the motion picture My Favorite Year, courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co., with story by Dennis Palumbo and screenplay by Norman Steinberg and Dennis Palumbo

2 Acts, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Broadway Version (1992) / Lincoln Center Theater

The musical story of a young man's coming-of-age during the golden years of live television in 3...2...1...

A classic musical comedy with a heart of gold, My Favorite Year features a tuneful score by the incomparable TONY-winning songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and is based on the hit Peter O'Toole film of the same name. The show opened on Broadway in 1993, and Andrea Martin won her first TONY Award for her hilarious turn in the original production.

It's 1954, and Benjy Stone, writers' assistant on TV's King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade, is assigned the daunting task of baby-sitting veteran Hollywood swashbuckler Alan Swann. The reckless Swann is in town doing a live guest appearance on the show, and his antics and alcoholism nearly get Benjy fired. But when Benjy's given an unexpected glimpse into Swann's broken heart, he begins to discover a thing or two about life and love.

My Favorite Year has a large cast with many featured characters, making it perfect for a company looking to highlight an array of talented actors and also give opportunities for those in the chorus. Filled with juicy comedy roles, the snappy book by Joseph Dougherty will appeal to audiences looking for laughs.

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