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George S Kaufman

GEORGE S KAUFMAN  (1889 - 1961)

Nationality:    USA
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        American Way, The         Amicable Parting         Animal Crackers         Band Wagon, The         Be Yourself         Beggar On Horseback         Bravo         Butter And Egg Man, The         Channel Road         Classic Comics         Cocoanuts, The         Dark Tower, The         Deep Tangled Wildwood, The         Dinner At Eight         Dulcy         Fabulous Invalid, The         Fancy Meeting You Again         First Lady         George Washington Slept Here         Good Fellow, The         Helen Of Troy         Hollywood Pinafore, Or, The Lad Who Loved A Salary         I'd Rather Be Right         If Men Played Cards As Women Do         June Moon         Land Is Bright, The         Late George Apley, The         Let 'em Eat Cake         Man Who Came To Dinner, The         Men At Work         Merrily We Roll Along         Merton Of the Movies         Minick         Of thee I Sing         Once In A Lifetime         Pardon My English         Park Avenue         Royal Family         Seven Lively Arts         Silk Stockings         Small Hours, The         Solid Gold Cadillac, The         Someone In the House         Stage Door         Still Alarm, The         Strike Up the Band         To the Ladies         West Of Pittsburgh         You Can't Take It With You



American Way, The

Synopsis:
In 1896, Martin Gunther, a German immigrant, sends for his wife and children so that they may enjoy the advantages of America. the play covers fifty years of their life as Americans. Martin, a cabinet maker, proves to be a man of such strong principles that he gives up a $1,000 order rather than refuse to fill a $1.25 order of a scorned suffragette friend. Later he urges his son Karl to fight against his own German kin in World War I. Martin's honesty and skill are rewarded by prosperous years, but he sacrifices all in 1933 trying to save his benefactor's bank. In 1939, his grandson, Karl, embittered by his inability to find a job, is about to join an fascist organization, when Martin intervenes. While pleading for a renewed faith in Democracy, he is struck down by the mob. Martin dies, as he has lived, an American, fighting for that which gives meaning and richness to life-Freedom.

Notes:
written with Moss Hart

1st Produced:
Center Theatre, NY    1939

Company:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1939   -

Music:
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Genre:
2 act Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  24            Female:  20            Other:  -

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Amicable Parting

Synopsis:
Has to do with alicia and Bill Reynolds, an attractive young couple who have quarreled and are planning to separate. Right now they're in the process of dividing all their possessions, and quarreling considerably more in doing so-everything at all desirable they both claim-all the junk each generously offers to the other. the real trouble comes when the dog walks through the room-a fight over custody of the animal reaches really monumental proportions. alicia walks out as Bill puts a sentimental record on the phonograph alicia, who has furiously been labeling everything in the room with her name, reappears, with a label plastered on herself, labeling her as Bill's

Notes:
written with Leueen MacGrath

1st Produced:
-    -

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

Music:
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Genre:
15 min sketch One act

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  1            Other:  1 dog

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Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers
When a celebrated painting goes missing from Mrs. Rittenhouse's fancy house party in honor of African explorer Captain Spalding, her guests set out to find the thief in a series of madcap antics and exploits.

Notes:
by George S Kaufman with Morrie Ryskind. Music And lyrics: Bert Kalmar And Harry Ruby.

1st Produced:
Forty-fourth Street theatre    1928

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York    978-0573680370

Music:
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Genre:
2 act musical comedy Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Band Wagon, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Music by Arthur Schwartz; Lyrics by Howard Dietz; Book by George S. Kaufman And Howard Dietz

1st Produced:
New amsterdam Theatre, NY    1931

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
Original cast recording: Sepia (1056)

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Genre:
2 act revue Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Be Yourself

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Music by Lewis e Gensler And Milton Schwarzwald; lyrics by George S Kaufman, Marc Connelly And Ira Gershwin; book by George S Kaufman And Marc Connelly

1st Produced:
Sam H. Harris Theatre, NY    1924

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1st Published:
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Genre:
2 act musical comedy Musical

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  21            Other:  -

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Beggar On Horseback

Synopsis:
Neil is a serious composer but to make ends meet he writes popular ditties. Cynthia lives down the hall from him and is a terribly nice young lady and she has a thing for Neil. However, Neil is persuaded to propose to the wealthy daughter of an industrialist so that he will be able to carry on with his serious music. That night Neil has a nightmare in which he murders his fiancee and her family. He is put on trial and sentenced to write popular ditties forever. Seeing the error of his ways he proposes to Cynthia

Notes:
With Marc Connelly. Suggested by Paul Apel's Hans Sonnenstossers Hollenfahrt.

1st Produced:
Broadhurst Theatre, NY    1924

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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Bravo

Synopsis:
It is a glamorous and entertaining comedy about a group of refugee theatre people.

Notes:
written with edna Ferber

1st Produced:
Lyceum Theatre, NY    11 Nov 1948

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1949   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  7            Other:  -

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Butter And Egg Man, The

Synopsis:
a young man leaves the country for New York and becomes a very successful Broadway producer

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
Longacre Theatre, NY    1925

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1925   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Channel Road

Synopsis:
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Notes:
With Alexander Woollcott

1st Produced:
Plymouth theatre    1929

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Classic Comics

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Text by George S. Kaufman, Ring Lardner And Gertrude Stein; Music by Michael Rice

1st Produced:
Medicine Show theatre
549 West 52nd Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10019    1979

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Cocoanuts, The

Synopsis:
launches a string of get-rich-quick schemes to bail out his bankrupt resort. and although he's aided by a pair of goofballs, they mostly succeed in fouling things up.
- nytheatre.com

Notes:
book by George S. Kaufman; music And lyrics by Irving Berlin

1st Produced:
Lyric Theatre, NY    1925

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
2 act musical comedy Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Dark Tower, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
With Alexander Woollcott

1st Produced:
Morosco Theatre, NY    1933

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act MeloDrama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Deep Tangled Wildwood, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
With Marc Connelly

1st Produced:
Frayzee theatre    1923

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Dinner At Eight

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
written with edna Ferber

1st Produced:
Music Box Theatre, NY    22 Oct 1932

Company:
-

1st Published:
Six Plays [Heinemann edition], 1932   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  11            Other:  -

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Dulcy

Synopsis:
Dulcy loves to meddle. She tries to "help" her husband land a big business deal. She tries to get a visiting millionaire interested in the wife of her husband's business partner. She tries to get a movie script writer to elope with her friend

Notes:
Written by Marc Connelly And George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
Frazee Theatre, New York    13 Aug1921

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1921   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Fabulous Invalid, The

Synopsis:
a series of romantic and comic episodes glorifying show business on Broadway

Notes:
written with Moss Hart

1st Produced:
Broadhurst Theatre, NY    1938

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1938   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
2 act Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  75 parts

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Fancy Meeting You Again

Synopsis:
In the words of Walter Kerr (Herald Tribune): ". . . an attractive and energetic female. . .has spent 5,000 years tracking down her man, without ever trapping him into matrimony. We first meet her in a wedding gown, in the year 1952, as she is about to make a marriage of convenience with somebody else. But she cannot go through with it." and she chucks the prospective bridegroom. "This is the cue for the first of several flashbacks, and we pick up our determined lass in the stone age, begging to be tapped by her negligent cave man. Later, we see her as a Roman slave-girl, still on the trail, hot for her lover whose current reincarnation has turned him into a shepherd boy." In her contemporary manifestation amanda Phipps discovers that the art critic Heybore, who has come to interview her, is none other that the man she has been in love with for five millennia. Ultimately amanda meets the fate she has awaited for so many centuries.

Notes:
written with Leueen MacGrath

1st Produced:
Royale Theatre, NY    1952

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1952   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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First Lady

Synopsis:
the conflict centers upon the feud between two Washington hostesses, who show no quarter in their struggle for the position of First Lady. Irene Hibbard, wife of a Supreme Court Justice, incurred the undying hatred of Lucy Chase Wayne, wife of the Secretary of State, when she stole the latter's cook. For revenge Lucy, to discourage Irene's interest in a young Senator, lets a false rumor circulate that the party is considering Hibbard for the Presidency. Irene immediately returns to the family hearth to "stick with her husband in his hour of need." But the rumor goes out of Lucy's control and threatens to become a reality. Realizing she would be responsible for thwarting her own husband, Lucy frantically tries to repair the damage. the battle between them rages at social functions and in congressional lobbies. When all seems lost Lucy gets a brilliant inspiration and with the help of the foreign office learns that a former marriage of Irene's is still in effect, the foreign obtained divorce not being recognized in this country. Using this she forces Irene to retire from the field.

Notes:
written with Katharine Dayton

1st Produced:
Music Box Theatre, NY    1935

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1936   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  14            Female:  11            Other:  -

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George Washington Slept Here

Synopsis:
the story chronicles the trials and tribulations of Newton Fuller who craves-and gets-"a little place in the country to call his own." Newton and his wife, annabell, and their daughter, Madge, are hypnotized into taking over one of those windowless, waterless, almost roofless houses that dot the countryside. the ensuing troubles may be summed up by a search for water, a quarrel with a neighbor who owns not only the brook but the very road that leads from the highway to the house, the attempted elopement of the daughter with a summer-theatre actor, and the usual invasion of the weekend guests, including a prodigal uncle who is assumed to be rich but turns out to be just another bankrupt. It is discovered that the neighbor really doesn't own Newton's roadway, and that Newton's wife, who began by showing disgust over her husband's idiocy in wanting to live in the country, decides that he was right all along.

Notes:
written with Moss Hart

1st Produced:
Lyceum Theatre, NY    1940

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1940   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  8            Other:  -

Further Reference:
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Good Fellow, The

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
With Herman J. Mankiewicz

1st Produced:
Playhouse, NY    1926

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Helen Of Troy

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
Music by Bert Kalmar; music by Harry Ruby; lyrics by Bert Kalmar; lyrics by Harry Ruby; book by George S Kaufman; book by Marc Connelly

1st Produced:
Selwyn theatre    1923

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical comedy, prologue and 2 acts Musical

Parts:
Male:  19            Female:  23            Other:  -

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Hollywood Pinafore, Or, The Lad Who Loved A Salary

Synopsis:
Joseph Porter heads Pinafore Pictures amid a swirl of recognizable Hollywood types: Louhedda Hopsons, a gossip columnist; a veritable chain gang of imprisoned screen writers and "dumb blondes" looking to become famous; a devious agent; and Brenda Blossom, a love-struck starlet pining for a lowly writer, yet promised in marriage to the studio head by her father (a director looking to advance his own career). What's Brenda to do? If she marries the poor, starving screen writer, Ralph, she'll be tossed out of Hollywood and forced to make a living on (gasp!) the stage. It's too much to be endured. Fortunately, everything turns out for the best for everyone when it is discovered that a mix-up in Louhedda's column was responsible for Ralph's fall from grace. In reality, it was Ralph who was meant to head the studio instead of Porter. Upon this classic turnaround, happiness befalls each of the characters in turn-just what you'd expect from a Hollywood picture.

Notes:
music by Sir Arthur Sullivan

1st Produced:
Alvin Theatre, New York    31 May 1945

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY,    -

Music:
-

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I'd Rather Be Right

Synopsis:
Phil and Peggy are attending a Fourth of July concert in Central Park. they are downcast because Phil did not get a raise at work and that means they wont be able to get married. they blame President Roosevelt - who unexpectedly turns up. He promises to help them but he cannot balance the budget - he tells them to get married anyway - they will survive somehow

Notes:
Music by Richard Rodgers; lyrics by Lorenz Hart; book by Moss Hart; George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
Alvin theatre    02 Nov 1937

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Musical revue, 2 acts

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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If Men Played Cards As Women Do

Synopsis:
the four men playing cards talk and act as if they were women.

Notes:
-

1st Produced:
-    -

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  -            Other:  -

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June Moon

Synopsis:
talented young lyricist arrives in New York in 1929 to make money, returns to true love after adventures with money grabbing vamp

Notes:
written By Ring Lardner And George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
Vaudeville, London    1992

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, London,    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy with music Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Land Is Bright, The

Synopsis:
the exciting and picturesque story of a family of "Robber Barons," who at the end of the nineteenth century brought their millions to New York and founded one of those get-rich quick dynasties, which make our history a colorful pageant. the play Dramatizes episodes in the life of members of the family from the 1890s on, showing the high spots in the lives of three generations.

Notes:
written with edna Ferber

1st Produced:
Music Box Theatre, NY    28 Oct 1941

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1941
Doubleday 1941   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  19            Female:  12            Other:  -

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Late George Apley, The

Synopsis:
the apleys and their in-laws furnish delightful and incisive comedy and Drama against which we see George's two children, a young man and a young woman, each of whom strives heroically to break away from the shackles of family and tradition: eleanor manages to do so and makes a satisfactory life for herself, while John, who falls in love with a young woman who had the bad taste not even to be born in Boston, is crushed by his father and all his father stands for

Notes:
written by George S Kaufman And John P Marquand. Based on Marquand's novel of the same name

1st Produced:
Lyceum theatre    1944

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1946   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 acts and epilogue Comedy

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  8            Other:  -

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Let 'em Eat Cake

Let 'em Eat Cake
the sequel to "Of thee I Sing". President John Wintergreen is ousted and Tweedle Dee becomes president. Wintergreen starts a counter revolution - the Blueshirts and marches on Washington. the new president is in turn ousted and Wintergreen becomes dictator. the White House becomes the Blue House. the League of Nations takes action against him.

Notes:
Music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin; book by Morrie Ryskind And George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
Imperial Theatre, New York    21 Oct 1933

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
Studio cast recording: Sony (42522) 1987

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  13            Female:  7            Other:  extras

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Man Who Came To Dinner, The

Synopsis:
Sheridan Whiteside, having dined at the home of the Stanleys, slips on their doorstep, breaking his hip. a tumultuous six weeks of confinement follow. the Stanley living room is monopolized by the irascible invalid; ex-convicts are invited to meals; and transAtlantic calls bring a $784 phone bill. the arrival of strange gifts from his friends further destroys domestic tranquility. It would take a stoical housewife to harbor penguins in her library, an octopus in her cellar, and 10,000 cockroaches in her kitchen. When Maggie, his secretary, falls in love with the reporter, Bert Jefferson, Whiteside summons a glamorous actress, Lorraine, to win the affections of the young man. Knowing the girl's charms, Maggie enlists the aid of a clever impersonator who, affecting the voice of Lord Bottomley, whom the actress hopes to marry, asks her by phone to return to him and be married. the ruse almost works, but Whiteside, becoming suspicious, finds that no calls have come through from London. In revenge, Lorraine suggests a three-week rewrite on a play of Bert's in which she feigns great interest. Lake Placid is to furnish the quiet for his inspiration, and she is to be his collaborator. the unexpected arrival of a mummy case, just as the relenting Whiteside is frantically seeking to get rid of Lorraine, furnishes a malicious idea. Tricking her into stepping into the case, he shuts the lid and blackmails his host into having the case carried to the airport, preparatory to a round-the-world cruise. Whiteside departs from the Stanley's home triumphantly, but a second later a crash is heard-he has again slipped and fallen!

Notes:
written by Moss Hart And George S. Kaufman

1st Produced:
Music Box theatre    1939

Company:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1939   -

Music:
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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  15            Female:  9            Other:  -

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Men At Work

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Written by Moss Hart And George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
-    -

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1st Published:
Contained in: "Six Plays by Kaufman and Hart" published by the Modern Library 1942   -

Music:
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Merrily We Roll Along

Synopsis:
Told in reverse order starting in 1934 and the opening night of playwright Richard Niles latest success and going back to 1916 and his college graduation. How he used his wife a famous actress to further his career. How he drove his best friend Julia to drink

Notes:
written by George S Kaufman And Moss Hart

1st Produced:
Music Box theatre    12691

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1934   -

Music:
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Genre:
3 act Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  35            Female:  22            Other:  -

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Merton Of the Movies

Synopsis:
story of American youth, an interesting commentary on motion pictures and an intensely human study of character

Notes:
written with Marc Connelly; novel by Harry Leon Wilson

1st Produced:
Cort Theatre, NY    1922

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1925   -

Music:
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Genre:
4 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  4            Other:  extras

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Minick

Synopsis:
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Notes:
written with edna Ferber. Based on A short story by Miss Ferber.

1st Produced:
Booth Theatre, NY    9034

Company:
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1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 192004   -

Music:
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Male:  6            Female:  9            Other:  -

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Of thee I Sing

Of thee I Sing
John Wintergreen is running for President. His team are trying to come up with a campaign that will get him noticed. they ask the chambermaid at the hotel what she cares about the most and she says; "love". they decide on their campaign - they will hold a beauty pageant to find America's most beautiful woman and the John Wintergreen will marry her.

Notes:
Music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin; book by Morrie Ryskind And George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
Music Box Theatre, New York    11683

Company:
-

1st Published:
Contained in: "Kaufman & Co Broadway Comedies" published by Library Of America   978-1931082679

Music:
Revival cast recording: angel (65025) 1952

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Musical

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Once In A Lifetime

Synopsis:
Period 1920's, three down and out troupers go to Hollywood and try their luck with the newly invented 'talkies'

Notes:
written by Moss Hart And George S. Kaufman

1st Produced:
Music Box Theatre, NY    1930

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, London, 1930   -

Music:
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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  24            Female:  14            Other:  -

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Pardon My English

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Music by George Gershwin; lyrics by Ira Gershwin; book by Herbert Fields

1st Produced:
Majestic Theatre, New York    20 Jan 1932

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
Studio cast: elektra (79338) 1993

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Musical

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Park Avenue

Synopsis:
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Notes:
With Nunnally Johnson. Music: Arthur Schwartz. Lyrics: Ira Gershwin.

1st Produced:
Shubert theatre    1946

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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2 act musical comedy Musical

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Royal Family

Royal Family
Three generations of a Broadway acting family. the matriarch Fanny Cavendish in her seventies but about to tour with a play. Brother Herbert a great histrionic player. Daughter Julie is starring on Broadway. Son Tony is a movie actor in Hollywood. Grand daughter Gwen is just starting her acting career. Tony arrives from Hollywood and then flees to europe to escape a Polish actress. Gwen upsets everyone by marrying someone from outside "the profession"

Notes:
Written by George S Kaufman And edna Ferber

1st Produced:
Selwyn Theatre, NY    1927

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York   978-0573614941

Music:
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3 act Comedy

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Male:  11            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Seven Lively Arts

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Music And lyrics by Cole Porter; book by Ben Hecht; George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
Ziegfeld Theatre, New York    16413

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-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Revue

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Silk Stockings

Silk Stockings
Soviet pianist defects whilst in Paris. He is taken up by an American showbiz agent who wants him to compose movie music. Three Soviet agents are sent to bring him back to Moscow - but they are seduced by the charms of Paris and the West. their superior Ninotchka is dispatched to bring all four back

Notes:
Music by Cole Porter; Lyrics by Cole Porter; Book by George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath And Abe Burrows; Suggested by "Ninotchka" by Melchior Lengyel

1st Produced:
Imperial theatre    20144

Company:
-

1st Published:
Tams-Witmark, 757 Third ave., New York, NY, 1955   -

Music:
Original cast recording: RCa (1102) 1955

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2 act musical comedy Musical

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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Small Hours, The

Synopsis:
a panoramic spectacle revealing in swiftly moving scenes episodes from the history of a well-to-do famil, and their attempts to establish a way of life that nearly ends in tragic failure. the play is a Dramatic discourse on the value of standards of happiness and success.

Notes:
written with Leueen MacGrath

1st Produced:
National Theatre, NY    1951

Company:
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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1951   -

Music:
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2 act Comedy

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Male:  7            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Solid Gold Cadillac, The

Solid Gold Cadillac, The
according to Chapman in the New York News, "begins with the annual stockholders' meeting and election of officers of a colossal manufacturing empire called General Products. Some new officers (old ones being moved up a notch) must be elected because the president of the corporation has taken a big government post in Washington and has been forced to sell his stock at a profit of three million dollars. the election is going smoothly and the meeting is about over when a timid old lady who owns 10 shares. . .asks if she can ask a question. She has read every page of the annual report and she wants to know why the chairman of the board is being paid $170,000 a year, and how many hours he works to earn this money. . . She puts one mild query after another, and pretty soon the new officers hush her up by giving her a phony job at $150 a week." She is to be a kind of liaison officer for the other minority stockholders. She takes her job seriously and writes chatty, friendly letters to the other minority stockholders-asking about their health, their children, and the weather, and makes solid friendships with the small stockholders. the officers of the corporation become a bit uneasy at this, and they're all set to fire her when she discovers that a small firm that General Products has just forced into bankruptcy is its own subsidiary firm! Using this as gentle means of prodding the directors, the little old lady keeps her own job. When the former president learns what a mess the current directors are making of his business, however, he resigns from his government job, and the big fight is on to regain control of his own business. Things look dark indeed, the wicked directors are about to triumph, and our nice old lady is fired, when the proxies of all the small stockholders start pouring in, and thanks to them the little old lady and former president foil the wicked Board of Directors.

Notes:
written with George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
Belasco Theatre, NY    1953

Company:
-

1st Published:
Random House 1954   978-1122771564

Music:
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Genre:
2 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  6            Other:  -

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Someone In the House

Synopsis:
-

Notes:
With Larry evans And Walter Percival

1st Produced:
Knickerbocker theatre    1918

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

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Stage Door

Stage Door
the play concerns a group of young girls who have come to New York to study acting and find jobs. the scene is Mrs. Orcutt's boarding house, where the hopes and ambitions of sixteen young women are revealed in scenes of entertaining comedy. Contrasted with this are the cases of the girl without talent and the elderly actress whose days are over. the central plot has to do with courageous Terry Randall, who fights against discouragement to a position in the theater where we are sure she will conquer. One of her fellow aspirants gives up in despair, one gets married, and one goes into pictures, but Terry, with the help of idealistic David Kingsley, sticks to her guns. Color and contrast are offered by Mattie, the maid; Frank her husband; a few young men callers, a movie magnate and young Keith Burgess, the playwright who "goes Hollywood." NOTe: Can be presented in a single setting. Direction on this and instructions covering slight alterations in the play are sent upon request.

Notes:
Written by edna Ferber And George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
Music Box theatre    22 Oct 1936

Company:
-

1st Published:
Doubleday 1937   -

Music:
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3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  11            Female:  21            Other:  16 of the 21 women are young women

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Still Alarm, The

Synopsis:
the hotel is on fire but decorum and doing the right thing must be observed. One of the firemen thinks that playing "Keep the Home Fires Burning" might be appropriate

Notes:
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1st Produced:
in the Little Show, Music Box theatre    1930

Company:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
comedy One act

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Strike Up the Band

Synopsis:
Owner of the Fletcher American Cheese Co - Horace J Fletcher is outraged when Switzerland imposes tariffs on imported cheeses. He persuades the US government to declare war. Fletcher finances the war and has it named after himself - the Horace J Fletcher Memorial War. He sets sail for europe to conduct the war - but there is a spy in his entourage

Notes:
With Morrie Ryskind. Music: George Gershwin. Lyrics: Ira Gershwin.

1st Produced:
Tines Square Theatre, NY    14 Jan 1930

Company:
-

1st Published:
-   -

Music:
Studio cast recording: elektra (79273) 1990

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2 act musical comedy Musical

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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To the Ladies

To the Ladies
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Notes:
Written by Marc Connelly And George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
Liberty Theatre, New York    8087

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  4            Other:  -

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West Of Pittsburgh

Synopsis:
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Notes:
Written by Marc Connelly And George S Kaufman

1st Produced:
-    1922

Company:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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You Can't Take It With You

Synopsis:
at first the Sycamores seem mad, but it is not long before we realize that if they are mad, the rest of the world is madder. In contrast to these delightful people are the unhappy Kirbys. the plot shows how Tony, attractive young son of the Kirbys, falls in love with alice Sycamore and brings his parents to dine at the Sycamore home on the wrong evening. the shock sustained by the Kirbys, who are invited to eat cheap food, shows alice that marriage with Tony is out of the question. the Sycamores, however, though sympathetic to alice, find it hard to realize her point of view. Meantime, Tony, who knows the Sycamores are right and his own people wrong, will not give her up, and in the end Mr. Kirby is converted to the happy madness of the Sycamores, particularly since he happens in during a visit by an ex-Grand Duchess, earning her living as a waitress. No mention has as yet been made of the strange activities of certain members of the household engaged in the manufacture of fireworks; nor of the printing press set up in the parlor; nor of Rheba the maid and her friend Donald; nor of Grandpa's interview with the tax collector when he tells him he doesn't believe in the income tax.

Notes:
written by Moss Hart And George S. Kaufman

1st Produced:
Booth Theatre, NY    1936

Company:
-

1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1937   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
3 act Comedy

Parts:
Male:  9            Female:  7            Other:  3 men extras

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