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Jerome Chodorov

JEROME CHODOROV  (1911 - 2004)

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    ICM Partners  


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Anniversary Waltz         Barnaby And Mr O'Malley         Bats Of Portobello, The         Bech         Community Of Two, A         Culture Caper         Dumas & Son         French Touch, The         Girl In Pink Tights, The         Great Waltz         Happiest Man Alive, The         I Had A Ball         Junior Miss         My Sister Eileen         Ponder Heart, The         Pretty Penny         Schoolhouse On The Lot         Student Prince         Talent For Murder, A         Three Bags Full         Wonderful Town



Anniversary Waltz

Synopsis:
On their 15th anniversary, a happy husband makes one wine-inspired mistake. He announces to his in-laws the romancing he and their daughter enjoyed before they were legally bound. The information is received with violent results by outraged grandparents and blase children. The payoff comes at the hilarious second-act curtain. The 13-year-old daughter chooses to tell on air an audience of several dozen million people just what started all the trouble at home. From then on troubles mount, tempers rise, until everything explodes riotously and the play ends on a warm and tender note, all the family having gained a little more understanding of each other.

Notes:
Written by Jerome Chodorov And Joseph Fields

1st Produced:
Broadhurst Theatre, NY    07 Apr 1954

Company:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1957   -

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Genre:
Comedy

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Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Barnaby And Mr O'Malley

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Bats Of Portobello, The

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Bech

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1st Produced:
Ogunquit, Maine    1975

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Community Of Two, A

Synopsis:
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1st Produced:
Washington, D.C.    1974

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1st Published:
Samuel French, NY,    -

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Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Culture Caper

Synopsis:
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Notes:
from John Updikes novel

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Genre:
adaptation

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Dumas & Son

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Music and lyrics by George Forrest; Robert Wright; book by Jerome Chodorov

1st Produced:
Chandler Pavillion, Los Angeles, Ca    1966

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Musical

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French Touch, The

Synopsis:
New York City at the end of the Civil War. There are two theatres on either side of the street. The theatre for the academy of Music which is just about to have a famous Parisian ballet company perform and on the other Niblo's Garden which is about to open a meloDrama written by a War vet. Lotta the owner of Niblo's is not happy about the ballet company as she thinks it will take her customers. The star of the ballet Lisette and the manager Maestro meet Lotta and Clyde Hallam the author of the meloDrama. Maestro flirts with Lotta - but Clyde and Lisstte fall in love. One day Lisette sneaks out of the ballet rehearsals to watch the meloDrama. Maestro arrives and orders her back. He locks her in her dressing room. The academy catches fire and Lisette is trapped - but Clyde rescues her. With no theatre and no money the ballet troupe prepare to go back to Paris. Clyde goes to the docks to say goodbye to Lisette. Lotta arrives - she has had an idea - what about combining the meloDrama with the ballet? Maestro agrees - but Clyde is not happy about his script being tampered with. The first night comes and it is a huge success - the American Musical has been born

Notes:
Written by Joseph A. Fields And Jerome Chodorov

1st Produced:
Cort Theatre, NY    16779

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Girl In Pink Tights, The

Girl In Pink Tights, The
Musical version of "The French Touch"

Notes:
Music by Sigmund Romberg; Lyrics by Leo Robin; Book by Jerome Chodorov And Joseph Fields

1st Produced:
Mark Hellinger Theatre, NY    05 Mar 1954

Company:
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1st Published:
-   drg-19019

Music:
Original cast recording: DRG (19019) 1954

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Genre:
Musical

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Great Waltz

Synopsis:
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Notes:
revised from I Had A Ball

1st Produced:
Music Center, Los Angeles, Ca    1965

Company:
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1st Published:
Tams-Wltmark, NY,    -

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Genre:
book of the musical

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Happiest Man Alive, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
written with Joseph Fields

1st Produced:
Falmouth Playhouse, Ma    1962

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I Had A Ball

I Had A Ball
On Coney Island matchmaking fortune teller Garside falls for floozy addie. Stan recently out of prison falls for Jeannie who operates the Ferris Wheel. Ma Maloney tries to keep the members of her alley Gang out of the clutches of patrolman Millhauser. [Having done a production of I Had A Ball in high school (likely the first since it closed on Broadway, since Chodorov was thrilled anyone remembered it when my drama teacher had to call him directly for the rights), I can definitively say your summary is inaccurate. Garside, whos a grifter having come up with a fortune telling scam, does not fall for Addie. He simply tells her what he sees in the ball (Sam), that shell meet someone at 5 oclock on the boardwalk. Hes actually trying to set up his friends Stan and Jeanie, but they end the first act with the wrong people (Addie and, the lone shark, Brooks, respectively). In act II, after being betrayed by them, Stan and Jeannie leave their wrongly matched spouses. Brooks and Addie separately go to Garsides apartment, as they each blame him for their failed marriages, only to wind up meeting each other and leaving together in love (or at least in lust). Later, after Stan and Jeannie try unsuccessfully to make livings through not the most legal methods, they meet while running from the cops (Officer Millhauser), and fall in love as theyre handcuffed together. (Then they live happily ever after , for thirty days apiece.) When Stan and Jeannie meet, Stan is not just out of prison, but a few months out of being married to a very rich woman. Also, Jeannie owns not just a ferris wheel, but The Wonder Wheel, until Brooks sells it in act II, leading to their break up; long before she meets Stan.] - James Oneill

Notes:
Music by Jack Lawrence, Stan Freeman; Book by Jerome Chodorov; Lyrics by Jack Lawrence, Stan Freeman

1st Produced:
Martin Beck Theater, New York    23726

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1st Published:
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Music:
Original cast recording: Mercury (2210) 1964

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Genre:
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Junior Miss

Synopsis:
Harry and Grace Graves have two children-Lois, and Judy, who at 13 has, besides her confidante Fuffy and an amazing capacity for food, a burning desire to grow up to the glamorous age of 16. With characteristic reasoning Judy decides that her father must be in love with the daughter of his boss, affectionately called J.B. It is decided that it is Judy's duty to bring Harry back into the family fold. In addition to saving her family, Judy takes it upon herself to 'save" her Uncle Willis, whom she has never seen until his unexpected arrival on Christmas eve. Because Uncle Willis' name must never be mentioned in the presence of her mother, Judy decides he has been spending his time in jail. When Judy isn't binding the family ties, she and Fuffy practice walking in their first high-heeled shoes and conspiring to wangle young men to be their escorts for the New Year's dance; the result of all of which practically assures Harry of the loss of the partnership with J.B. However, with circumstances at their worst, there is an unexpected turn, and Judy becomes Miss Judy Graves, a lovely Junior Miss who has her escort for her first dance.

Notes:
written by Jerome Chodorov And Joseph Fields, based on the stories by Sally Benson

1st Produced:
Lyceum Theatre. NY    18 Nov 1941

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

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Genre:
comedy fantasy Comedy

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  6            Other:  plus boys and girls, some bit parts

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My Sister Eileen

Synopsis:
as decribed in the World Telegram, "The new play recounts only the twelve months' period encompassed by the signing of a lease on a Greenwich Village basement apartment and the evacuation thereof, and a few of the amazing adventures that befell the two girls. . .an engaging, heart-warming play with exceptionally high comedy content. eileen is the pretty one-the one who has stage aspirations and the homey personality that innocently invites passes from every man from 14 to 85 who has eyes in his head. Ruth is the plainer one, and her bent is for literature. Well, the two girls. . .land in the toils of Landlord appopolous and the most distracting apartment you ever saw. Through their basement grating the swirling life of the village, its drunks and gamins, its hucksters and hustlers and occasionally its cops, seep, flow and sometimes come in an unwelcome deluge. . .The kitchenette is aptly described as a 'nauseating nook.' Blasting in the new subway cavern beneath rocks the building. . .Finally six officers of the Brazilian na

Notes:
Written by Joseph A. Fields And Jerome Chodorov; Based on stories by Ruth McKenney

1st Produced:
Biltmore Theatre, NY    14971

Company:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  21            Female:  6            Other:  of the 21 men, several are minor bits and 6 have no regular lines

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Ponder Heart, The

Ponder Heart, The
Setting: In and around a small town in the South, a few years ago

Notes:
Written by Joseph A. Fields And Jerome Chodorov; Based on A story by eudora Welty

1st Produced:
Music Box Theatre, NY    20501

Company:
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1st Published:
Random house, NY, 1954   -

Music:
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Genre:
adaptation

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Male:  20            Female:  10            Other:  -

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Pretty Penny

Synopsis:
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Notes:
written with Joseph Fields

1st Produced:
Bucks County Playhouse, Pa    1949

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Schoolhouse On The Lot

Synopsis:
Setting: M. Stone's Office, Mercury Pictures, Hollywood; Schoolhouse on the Mercury Lot

Notes:
Written by Joseph A. Fields And Jerome Chodorov

1st Produced:
Ritz Theatre, NY    1938

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1st Published:
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Genre:
Comedy

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Student Prince

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
Chandler Pavillion, Los Angeles, Ca    1966

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
revised the book

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Talent For Murder, A

Synopsis:
about an internationally successful mystery novelist whose relatives wouldn't mind killing her to get their hands on her art collection

Notes:
written with Norman Panama

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1982   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Mystery Comedy Mystery

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Three Bags Full

Synopsis:
greedy merchant snookered into being matchmaker for two daughters, one by his wife and one by the maid

Notes:
Original Playwright - Claude Magnier

1st Produced:
Broadway    1966

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1966   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
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Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town
Two friends move from Ohio to New York to seek their fortunes. eileen a dancer who always has men chasing her and Ruth a writer who can't get even one man

Notes:
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Joseph A. Fields And Jerome Chodorov; Lyrics by Betty Comden And Adolph Green; Based on "My Sister eileen" by Joseph A. Fields And Jerome Chodorov; Based on stories by Ruth McKenney

1st Produced:
Winter Garden Theatre, NY    19415

Company:
-

1st Published:
Tams-Wltmark, NY,    -

Music:
Original cast recording: MCa (10050) 1953

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Genre:
Musical

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