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Jack Rosenthal

JACK ROSENTHAL

  (1931 - 2004)

Nationality:    English
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Literary Agent:    Casarotto Ramsay and Associates Ltd  

Jack Rosenthal, who died on 29 May, 2004, at the age of 72, was a prolific television Dramatist whose groundbreaking work behind the screen entertained millions and won him countless awards

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below is a list of Jack Rosenthal's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Bar Mitzvah Boy         Best, The         Chain, The         Dear Anyone         Dreyfus         Knowledge, The         Our Gracie         Smash!



Bar Mitzvah Boy

Bar Mitzvah Boy
Elliott Green thinks he will be unable to cope with the adult world and runs away from his bar mitzvah

Notes:
by Jack Rosenthal; Music by Jule Styne; lyrics by Don Black

1st Produced:
Her Majesty's Theatre, London     31 Oct 1978

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
Original cast recording: Sony (SMK 53498) 1978

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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Best, The

Synopsis:
the BEST, a long-lost screenplay about George Best by Jack Rosenthal, will have its world premiere on stage at the Lass O Gowrie pub in Manchester on Tuesday 12 March, as part of Manchester Irish Festival. Maureen Lipman welcomed the first ever performance of her late husband's screenplay the Best, after watching rehearsals at the Lass O'Gowrie. I had never even read until two weeks ago, now to watch it being performed by a group of truly gifted actors. It was very moving for me but also very funny and enlightening about the nature of hubris. It's really good. I didn't expect to go to a reading of Jack's play in a pub in Manchester and it turn my heart over. But it did." Producer and landlord of the Lass O'Gowrie Gareth Kavanagh said: "A lost Jack Rosenthal script about George Best? That's just Manchester royalty squared for us and we're thrilled to be bringing this amazing script back to life in time for the Manchester Irish Festival!" - http://coronationstreetupdates.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/jack-rosenthal-play-in-manchester-pub.html

Notes:
Jack Rosenthal, adapted for the stage by Ian Winterton

1st Produced:
Lass O Gowrie Pub In Manchester     12 Mar 2013

Organisations:
Manchester Irish Festival.

1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
biographical play

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Chain, The

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
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Organisations:
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1st Published:
Faber and Faber, London, 1986   

Music:
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Dear Anyone

Dear Anyone
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Notes:
Music by Geo Stephens; lyrics by Don Black; book by Jack Rosenthal

1st Produced:
Cambridge Theatre, London     08 Nov 1983

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
Studio cast recording: DJM (DHJ-20541)

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Genre:
Musical

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Dreyfus

Synopsis:
it tells the story of a group of small-time amateur actors in 1930s Poland trying to come to terms with the 1890s military scandal in Paris, the one that unleashed a wave of anti-Semitism which, it could be argued, was still in evidence 50 years later in Vichy France. the trouble is that in the end Grumberg doesn't seem to want to face any of those issues fully enough; he is more concerned with an update of Shakespeare's rustic players in A Midsummer Night's Dream in which we now get Harry Towb as the bully-Bottom figure, a local barber intent on hijacking the play, along with some very good jokes about the ways in which amateur Dramatic societies are the same the world over and always have been. But the serious side of Dreyfus, and what it says about the ways of a world about to go up in the flames of the late 1930s, sits uneasily alongside the Yiddish sentimentality of a kind of non-musical Fiddler on the Roof
Sheridan Morley, Spectator,

Notes:
Original Playwright - Jean-Claude Grumberg

1st Produced:
Tricycle Theatre, London >>>     25 May 2000

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Translation

Parts:
Male:  8            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Knowledge, The

Synopsis:
Four Londoners trying to obtain "The Knowledge" and become black cab drivers. Overseeing them is Mr Burgess known as "The Vampire"

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Charing Cross Theatre, London     04 Sep 2017

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Our Gracie

Synopsis:
treatment of Gracie Field's life and singing career

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Oldham Coliseum     1984

Organisations:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play with Music

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  5            Other:  -

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Smash!

Smash!
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. Producer Theo has assembled a crack transatlantic team to launch the new musical Whatever Happened to Tomorrow? Liz, a successful British novelist, has written the book, her compatriot Mike the lyrics, legendary Broadway composer Bebe Kaiser has created the score and the staging rests in the capable hands of hit US director Stacey. What could possibly go wrong? Quite a bit, it turns out, as egos clash, tempers fray and artistic ideals vie with financial reality

Notes:
inspired by the problems engendered by the production of the musical Bar Mitzvah Boy

1st Produced:
Cambridge Arts Theatre     01 May 1981

Organisations:
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1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  extras

Further Reference:
Theatre Record Volume XXXI (2011) Issue 07 Page 348

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