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Michael Slade

MICHAEL SLADE  

Nationality:    USA
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Michael Slade is an award-winning children's novelist, playwright and television writer. His plays have been produced in New York City at MCC, EST, the Lark, the Lambs, the Promenade, and the York Theatre among others, as well as in Los Angeles, various regional theatres, and at the Edinburgh Festival, Scotland. In Memory of Karl Marx was written for the late Colleen Dewhurst at her request. His musical, Bye, Bye Big Guy was presented at the Lucille Lortel Theatre as part of the 2007 New York International Fringe Festival. Mr. Slade has written extensively for family audiences. His musicals: Hansel and Gretel (directed my Michael Mayer); The Great Brain; Goldilocks and the Three Bears; Where's Waldo? (directed by Gabriel Barre, starring Daphne Rubin Vega); The Swiss Family Robinson; The Three Pigs; Peter Rabbit; Lyle, Lyle Crocodile and Superfudge, all produced by Theatreworks/usa, each opened in New York City and then toured the country. He also wrote the book toPokemon Live! which opened at Radio City Music Hall prior to embarking on national and international tours. His first children's novel, The Horses of Central Park(Scholastic Hardcover/Apple Paperback) won the 1993 ISAR Award. Mr. Slade's work for television has garnered him a 1997 Writers' Guild Award nomination forAnother World, and a 2001 Emmy nomination for One Life to Live. He has also written for Passions and Days of Our Lives.Other television credits include Charles Schulz: A Charlie Brown Life for A&E's Biography for Kids. He is currently collaborating with Melissa Manchester and Sharon Vaughn on a new musical, tentatively titled, Blue.

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

And a Child Shall Lead         And the Curtain Rises         Bye, Bye Big Guy         Change



And a Child Shall Lead

Synopsis:
This is the heroic and true story of children coming of age in Terezin, the "Jewish city" established by the Nazis near Prague as a way station before the death camps. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty -- playing, studying, making art, and writing an underground newspaper -- all at the peril of being executed. Their actual poems and stories are woven into a fast-paced drama, evoking the universality of children caught in the insanity of war.

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1st Produced:
The Wilson School (Mountain Lakes, NJ, United States)    2005

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
90-100 min Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  4            Other:  4 males, 4 females (8-30 actors possible: 4-15 males, 4-15 females)

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And the Curtain Rises

Synopsis:
And the Curtain Rises loosely re-imagines the theatrical bedlam surrounding the creation of the first American musical. Set in 1866, this classic backstage tale follows novice producer William Wheatley as he finds his production in shambles: bruised egos, secret plots, romance, some skimpy costumes, an uncompromising author, and a cast on the verge of revolt. All is complicated when a French ballet troupe is forced to seek refuge in his theatre after a fire erupts in an adjacent theatre. Rather than throw in the towel and count his losses, Wheatley decides to take control and turn lemons into lemonade. Filled with outrageous characters and rich melodies, and reveling in the chaos and camaraderie of the theatre, And the Curtain Rises is a lovely valentine to an unique American art form

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Music by Joseph Thalken . Lyrics by Mark Campbell . Book by Michael Slade

1st Produced:
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA.    17 Mar 2011

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Genre:
135 min musical comedy

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  9            Other:  -

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Bye, Bye Big Guy

Synopsis:
An irreverent, raunchy musical spoof of celebrity memorial services. Fractured fairy tale characters, ridiculous tributes, inappropriate singing, ill-advised dancing, and a multitude of dwarfs come together to pay their last respects to a giant of a man, Rumplestiltskin.

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by Michael Slade, Music by David Evans, Lyrics by Faye Greenberg

1st Produced:
The Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival    2007

Company:
14 Husky Productions

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Genre:
1h 40m Comedy Musical Musical

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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Change

Synopsis:
In 1964, three high school valedictorians reflect on the one recent event none of them will ever forget -- the assassination of President Kennedy. In early 2002, a middle school student becomes convinced that Al-Qaida terrorists lurk in the midst of his sleepy small town. And on November 5th, 2008, two young mothers from very different backgrounds consider what Obama's victory means for the future of their children. By turns poignant and funny, this look back on watershed moments in American history is an honest examination of change's immense power.

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1st Produced:
The Human Race Theatre, Dayton, OH    27 Sep 2011

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1st Published:
Playscripts, Inc - New York   -

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Genre:
40-50 min comedy drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  6            Other:  3-8 actors possible: 2-6 females, 1-2 males

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