Goldilocks (1958)


Music by Leroy Anderson
Lyrics by Jean Ford and Walter & Jean Kerr
Book by Walter and Jean Kerr

Directed by Greg MacKellan
Musical Direction by Michael Horsley
Choreography by Jayne Zaban

42nd Street Moon presents a concert staging of Goldilocks a musical rarity from 1958 written by theatre critic Walter Kerr and his wife, novelist Jean Kerr, about the early days of "moving pictures." A production of this musical done in New York last year (also in concert version) was called "a bountiful, handsome musical comedy" by The New York Times. will be directed by Greg MacKellan, with musical direction by Michael Horsley and choreography by Jayne Zaban.

Set in 1913, the musical follows Maggie Harris, a musical comedy star who is ready to wrap up her career and settle down for married life with George Randolph Brown, her rich and foppish fiancée. Before she can call it quits, however, manipulative movie director Max Grady points out that her contract requires her to perform in one of his silent two-reelers. The idea of appearing in "flickers" is so daring for the times that Maggie takes the screen name "Goldilocks" to save her reputation, and reluctantly agrees to what she thinks will be a three-day shoot. In fact, Max is trying to finagle a deal to film an Egyptian epic, and the "three-day" shoot begins to seem endless. Meanwhile, the filming of the movie is beset by numerous problems, not the least of which is aspiring actress Lois Lee, who is in love with Max, and the constant interference of Bessie, who owns the barn where much of the movie is shot.

Goldilocks originally starred Elaine Stritch as Maggie and Don Ameche as Max Grady (as well as Pat Stanley as Lois Lee, and Russell Nype as George, both of whom won Tony Awards for their performances). In spite of a top-notch creative team - music by Leroy Anderson, book by the Kerrs, and choreography by Tony nominee Agnes de Mille - Goldilocks lasted only a few months (161 performances). The show developed a cult following in the years after its production, however, thanks in part to an original cast album which allowed many to experience the delightful score, including such songs as "Save a Kiss," "Lazy Moon," "Lady in Waiting," "The Beast in You," "Who's Been Sitting in My Chair?," and "I Never Know When To Say When." Composer Leroy Anderson never wrote another Broadway show, but was well known for his innovative orchestral works and popular pieces, including "Sleigh Ride," "The Syncopated Clock" and "Blue Tango."

42nd Street Moon's production will feature Marsha Mercant as Maggie, and Jackson Davis as director Max. Goldilocks will also feature Richard Frederick as Maggie's society beau George, and Virginia Wilcox as the ingenue Lois Lee. Also in the cast are Kim Larsen as Max's cameraman, Pete; Richard Wenzel as Andy; Matt Kizer and Matthew Hutchens as Max's assistants; and Amy Lyn MacDonald, Ka-Ling Cheung, and Lisa Jenai Hernandez as silent film starlets.