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Previewed 24 March 2001, opened 31 March 2011, closed 8 May 2011 at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre in London
Jack Rosenthal's comedy Smash in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
The 1981 stage comedy Smash is Jack Rosenthal's hilarious but scathing look at the journey to get a musical from page to stage, complete with a cantankerous composer, a fantasist lyricist, a neophyte female novelist turned playwright, a cocksure director and a bombastic producer. This production includes additional material by Rosenthal's daughter, Amy Rosenthal.
Based on his own experience of turning his hit TV play Bar Mitzvah Boy into a (less-than-successful) musical, this is the London premiere of one of Rosenthal's wittiest and, until now, rarely seen, plays.
The cast for Smash in London features Tom Conti, Richard Schiff along with Cameron Blakely, Josh Cohen and Natalie Walter. The production is directed by Tamara Harvey with designs by Paul Farnsworth, lighting by Tim Mitchell and sound Gareth Owen.
Jack Rosenthal's play for television, Bar Mitzvah Boy, was originally shown as part of the BBC series 'Play for Today' in September 1976. Rosenthal then adapted the play for a musical which featured lyrics by Don Black and music by Jule Styne. The stage musical Bar Mitzvah Boy was directed by Martin Charnin and had a five week pre-West End try-out at the Manchester Opera House in September 1978 before opening at Her Majesty's Theatre in London on 31 October 1978 where it played ten weeks, closing on 6 January 1979. Following this Jack Rosenthal wrote the play Smash, about his experience of adapting Bar Mitzvah Boy as a stage musical. Smash had a regional tour in 1981, but a hoped for transfer to London's West End never happened.
Smash in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre previews from 24 March 2001, opens on 31 March 2011 and closes on 8 May 2011.