SMASH! by Jack Rosenthal will open at the Menier Chocolate Factory from (Previews: 24th March – 30th March) until 8th May 2011. All-star cast includes Tom Conti, Kerry Shale and Natalie Walter… with more to be announced soon!
According to Stephen Sondheim, “Musical comedies aren’t written – they’re re-written”.
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.
Based on his own experience of turning his hit tv play Bar Mitzvah Boy into a (less-than-successful) musical, this is the London premiere of one of Rosenthal’s wittiest and, until now, rarely seen, plays.
JACK ROSENTHAL, one of Britain’s greatest TV dramatists died in 2004 leaving behind a legacy of plays, films and television series, that include some of the finest dramas ever broadcast on television. He penned acclaimed BBC dramas such as Spend, Spend, Spend; The Knowledge; Bar Mitzvah Boy and devised the popular fire-brigade saga London’s Burning. He was also a regular contributor to Coronation Street.
Of his eight feature films Yentl, with Barbara Streisand was his best known. He also contributed un-credited work on the blockbuster smash Chicken Run.
Jack was awarded a CBE in 1994 for services to drama.