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Carol Hall

CAROL HALL

  (1936 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Carol Hall wrote both music and lyrics for the TONY-winning the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and contributed to Sesame Street, A. . .My Name is Alice, and the landmark children's classic Free to Be You and Me. For that project, she wrote both music and lyrics for It's All Right To Cry, Parents Are People, and Glad To Have A Friend Like You. She also wrote the Off-Broadway musical To Whom It May Concern. Her most recent project has been contributing lyrics for a musical based on Truman Capote's classic story A Christmas Memory (with book by Duane Poole and music by Larry Grossman), which premiered at Theatreworks in Palo Alto, CA, where it received rave reviews and broke attendance records. Ms. Hall is a Lifetime Member of the Dramatists Guild Council and Vice-President of the Dramatists Guild Fund. Her first non-musical work, the Days are As Grass, consists of eight short plays. Written to be performed by two actors  one man and one woman  they can also be presented with a larger cast. the actors portray more than a dozen characters engaged by life's changes and love's quirks.

Research:    Member of the Dramatists Guild of America (as at 2015)

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        A. . .My Name Is Still Alice         Are We There Yet?         Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public         Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The         Christmas Memory, A         Days Are as Grass, The         Fragmentary Head of A Queen         Good Sports         Max & Ruby         My Name Is Alice         My Name Is Still Alice         Sweet Main Street         To Whom It May Concern



A. . .My Name Is Still Alice

Synopsis:
a musical revue with a feminist slant; sequel to a. . .My Name Is alice. Dan's contributions are the sketches: the GROUP: in the conservative near-future, when abortion is illegal, four very pregnant women find themselves arguing with the Matron in the David Souter Home for Unwed Mothers. GROSS aNaTOMY LeCTURe: at the First Women's Medical School, a Professor lectures the students about the problems women physicians may encounter with male patients. COVeR-UPS #1, 2, and 3 (the show's running gag): a woman lets the audience in on a top-secret new makeup which can make anyone - even a housewife from LaJolla - look like Madonna, Queen Elizabeth, or the Pope.

Notes:
a. . .My Name Is Still Alice premiered At the Old Globe in San Diego, moved to Second Stage in New York, And has since been produced Around the United States And Canada. Dan Berkowitz is co-author; other contributors include Stephen Schwartz, Carol Hall, Michael John LaChiusa, Amanda McBroom, And David Zippel.

1st Produced:
Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California    

Organisations:
Old Globe Theatre

1st Published:
Samuel French, Inc., 1993   -

Music:
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Genre:
Musical Revue

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Are We There Yet?

Synopsis:
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Notes:
music and lyrics

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Genre:
musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public

Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public
Happy go lucky view of small-time vice and statewide political sidestepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas.

Notes:
book by Larry King And Peter Masterston; music And lyrics by Carol Hall

1st Produced:
Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London    

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York,    -

Music:
Original Broadway cast recording: Varese (5542)

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  14            Other:  extras

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Volume I (1981) Page 93; Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 22 Page 1190

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Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The
This happy go lucky view of small town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in all of Texas. Governors, senators, mayors, and even victorious college football teams frequent Miss Mona's cozy bordello until that puritan nemesis Watchdog focuses his television cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.

Notes:
book by Larry King And Peter Masterston; music And lyrics by Carol Hall. Based on a story by Larry L. King.

1st Produced:
46th Street Theatre In New York City    

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York,    978-0573681110

Music:
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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  14            Other:  -

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Christmas Memory, A

Synopsis:
Based on the classic short story by Truman Capote, A Christmas Memory is the tale of a friendship for the ages. A joyous, emotional holiday musical that reminds us what Christmas, family, and friendship are all about. In rural Alabama, 1933, young BUDDY is being raised by three eccentric cousins. He is closest to his COUSIN SOOK, still a child herself in many ways -- and as Christmas nears, she and Buddy gather ingredients to bake holiday gifts for those who've had a memorable impact on their lives in the past year. Sook's sister JENNIE is concerned these fanciful outings will cause young Buddy to grow up soft. Enlisting the aid of their bachelor-brother SEABON, she plots to separate the best friends for their own good. From the vantage point of time, ADULT BUDDY, now a successful writer, leads us through a series of adventures, hilarious and touching, fondly remembering the onetime soulmates' efforts to both celebrate the holiday and find a way to thwart Jennie's plans. They obtain Prohibition whiskey for their cakes at a nightclub run by the notorious HAHA JONES; Buddy makes a surprising friend in NELLE HARPER, his tomboy neighbor, leading her on a wonderful adventure of their own; and Buddy and Sook accidentally get tipsy on leftover whiskey, happily planning their lives together as best friends forever. Despite best efforts to the contrary, Buddy's gift from Jennie and Seabon is a military school uniform and a train ticket. This is to be their last Christmas together. Flying handmade kites one final time that morning, Buddy and Sook vow never to lose touch -- to keep their hearts close as the kites in the sky. Now, on his return to this place of memory, Adult Buddy renews his friendship with ANNA STABLER, the family's onetime housekeeper who is now the last, living tie to his past. With her help, he makes an emotional reconnection, a catharsis in which he embraces the past and realizes that the next story he has to tell. . .is this one.

Notes:
(music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Carol Hall, libretto by Duane Poole); based on Truman Capote's A Christmas Memory

1st Produced:
Theatreworks Silicon Valley, Lucie Stern Theatre. Palo Alto, Ca    

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Genre:
Full Length Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Days Are as Grass, The

Days Are as Grass, The
The Days Are as Grass is a full-length performance consisting of eight short plays by Carol Hall. they were written to be performed by two actors, one man and one woman. However, they can also be performed by a larger cast. the actors portray more than a dozen characters ranging in age from 40 to 85, exploring the fragility of hope, memory, old friends, lost loves, and the inevitability of time. the tone is always a blend of the funny and the touching, as the characters march bravely into that last colorful sunset, still fully engaged by life's changes, love's quirks, and the surprises of age.

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Woodstock Fringe Festival In Byrdcliffe Theatre, Woodstock, New York    

Organisations:
Byrdcliffe Theatre

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Music:
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Genre:
short plays

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Fragmentary Head of A Queen

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Genre:
10 min musical

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Good Sports

Synopsis:
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Notes:
music and lyrics

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Max & Ruby

Synopsis:
In Max & Ruby, seven-year-old Ruby and her mischievous little brother Max want to put on a play for Grandma. But, as is typical with Max, many comedic hurdles arise along the way, 'til Ruby finally calls on her Bunny Scout friends to help them try to finish the play on time! the show is based on the series of stories by Rosemary Wells and the popular television program on Nick Jr. and Noggin
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Notes:
music And lyrics by Carol Hall; book by Glen Berger

1st Produced:
Lucille Lortel Theatre, NY    

Organisations:
Theatreworks USA

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
youth audience Musical

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  5            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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My Name Is Alice

Synopsis:
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Notes:
music and lyrics

1st Produced:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
musical

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My Name Is Still Alice

Synopsis:
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Notes:
music and lyrics

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1st Published:
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Sweet Main Street

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Written by Carol Hall and Shirley Kaplan

1st Produced:
Studio Theatre, New York    

Organisations:
Playwrights Horizons

1st Published:
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Music:
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To Whom It May Concern

Synopsis:
Conceived by Carol Hall, who wrote the music and lyrics to the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, this joyful musical took Off Broadway by surprise. It is a tuneful, warm and witty observation of what really goes on in the hearts and minds of people as they participate in a church service. the ninety minutes of song, monologue and poetry require almost no set and only one piano. Done in a theatre or church sanctuary, To Whom It May Concern is perfect for all church and theatre groups, especially those with access to glorious voices.

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1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York,    978-0573681295

Music:
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Genre:
Full Length Musical, Dramatic Comedy

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  7            Other:  1

Further Reference:
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