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Light Up the Sky

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  37 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Light up the Sky is a fast-paced, hilarious and ultimately loving look inside show business, set just before and immediately after a Broadway bound play meets its first audience. A full-cast performance featuring: Ian Barford, Patrick Clear, Shannon Cochran, Kyle Colerider-Krugh, Matt DeCaro, Kevin Gudahl, Deirdre Lovejoy, Mariann Mayberry, Phyllis Newman and Steve Pickeri ...more
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Published July 1st 2010 by LA Theatre Works (first published January 1948)
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Sean Duggan I did find reference to a list of possible inspirations, albeit unmatched with characters, My best guesses:
Carleton Fitzgerald - Guthrie McClintic -…more
I did find reference to a list of possible inspirations, albeit unmatched with characters, My best guesses:
Carleton Fitzgerald - Guthrie McClintic - Leading theatre director, married to famous stage actresses
Irene Livingston - Gertrude Lawrence - Famous actress, romantically tied to a New York stockbroker
Sidney Black - Billy Rose - Famous producer. Like Sidney, known for his short height. Married an athlete, swimmer Eleanor Holme. Famously, Billy Rose sued Moss over the likeness.
Owen Turner - Moss Hart admitted that he based the character on himself.
Peter Sloan - I've seen a few people tie this to Philip Barry, but other than being authors from working-class backgrounds, I don't see it.(less)
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Stuart
Feb 02, 2016 Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moss Hart's witty and vibrant comedy about a newbie playwright pitted against the more experienced artists who have produced his first play (but at what cost) is a delightful, fast-paced comedy with a number of excellent roles for men and women, from the over-the-top producer pushing hard to be taken seriously as a cultured aesthete, to the seen-it-all stage mother whose daughter is staring in the show even when she's not on stage. Honest and scathing, the play is staple of the American theater ...more
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Ripe for overacting, I can just picture the grandiose actors portraying the director, star, and producer in this comedy about show business. It is the opening night of a new play in Boston for its out-of-town tryout. The first act is in the early evening before the opening, act two is after the show and act three is after the reviews have been published. The highs and lows and "Darlings" are extreme. Even the stage directions are overwrought. I can't wait to see it, if only in my mind.

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Mar 25, 2013 Dave Cotton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theater
"Light Up the Sky" will be on the boards at Oberlin Summer Theater Festival 2013. This is an old play but it is still funny and gives the audience an insider's view of theater and play production. The playwright, Moss Hart, working with George Kauffman, also wrote 'The Man Who Came to Dinner" and "You Can't Take It With You."
Oldies, but goodies!
Erika
May 12, 2016 Erika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A play about a play: a truck driver's first play, involving a temperamental leading lady and a flamboyant director, seems to go awry at the opening night only to later receive favorable reviews. The whole process reveals how quick show business people can go from friends to enemies. Love the craziness and eccentricity of show folk!
Jane Mcneil
Feb 08, 2015 Jane Mcneil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hart's talent with high comedy is evident. He weaves his characters well, delivers spot on dialogue, and ends with a clean cut resolution. The references to the 1930's and 40's offers an interesting view of the roles of men and women back then along with the often harsh backdrop of producing plays.
Steven
Apr 16, 2016 Steven rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, comedy, american
Satirical look at the shallowness of theater people who fawn on the rich and successful and spurn the talented but poor.
Ashley
Mar 29, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adorable show. I'll be playing Irene this summer and am so looking forward to it.
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Moss Hart was an American playwright and director of plays and musical theater. Hart recalled his youth, early career and rise to fame in his autobiography, Act One, adapted to film in 1963, with George Hamilton portraying Hart.

Hart grew up at 74 East 105th Street in Manhattan, "a neighborhood not of carriages and hansom cabs, but of dray wagons, pushcarts, and immigrants" (Bach 1). Early on he ha
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