In the summer of 2014, we produced the world premiere of:
The Max Factor Factor, written by Adrian Bewley (Book), Joe Blodgett (Music), and Chana Wise (Lyrics).
It’s 1936; the golden age of Hollywood, and two rival movie studios are in a heated battle for survival when their opposing leading men fall in love. Reminiscent of screwball comedies of the past, this new musical takes place in a world of artifice, backstabbing, lavender weddings, double-crossing starlets, and a moral crusader from the Legion of Rectitude, making it increasingly more difficult for the leading men to hold on to the one real thing each has ever found. It’s funny, charming, romantic, happily nostalgic, and very tuneful.
produced in association with Celebration Theatre
Jordan Kai Burnett*
Jeff Scot Carey*
Kevin Michael Moran*
Jeffrey Christopher Todd*
Jessica Snow Wilson*
Directed by Michael A. Shepperd
Musical Director: Bryan Blaskie
Stage Manager: Marcedes Clanton
Scenic Designer: Carlo Maghirang
Lighting Designer: Matthew Brian Denman
Costume Designer: Daniel Mahler
Sound Designer: Rebecca Kessin
Properties Designer: Michael O’Hara
Assistant Director: Andreas Pantazis
Assistant Scenic Designer: Taylor Anderson
Assistant Stage Manager: Matthew Noah
Casting Director: Jami Rudofsky
Graphics Designer: Michelle Ingram-Delong
Marketing Manager: Kevin YeeTechnical Director: Matthew Muranaga
Scenic Carpenter: Glen Howes
Photos by Bill Johnson
The reviews were fantastic!
“Blodgett and Wise give us one catchy tune and clever lyric after another…” “director Michael A. Shepperd’s [direction is] inspired…” “an all-around sensational cast…bring the colorful cast of characters to vivid, vibrant life” “The stellar duo of Carey and Todd give Lance and Hoyt a just-right blend of charisma and charm…” “the entire cast deliver[s] powerhouse vocals…The Max Factor Factor sounds fantastic, and it looks pretty darned fabulous as well thanks to Matthew Brian Denman’s expert lighting, Daniel Mahler’s gorgeous 1930s costumes, Carlo Maghirang’s spiffy art deco set, and Michael O’Hara’s spot-on properties…”
- Steven Stanley, StageSceneLA
“A frothy farcical mixture of frivolity features some fine phenomenal performances” “The Max Factor Factor boasts precision dancing and gorgeous harmonies amidst well-timed madcap shtick.”
- Gil Kaan, Broadway World
“.. a seriously funny musical…as with any great comic tale, it deals with subjects of real importance and holds a mirror to the world. The Max Factor Factor is a great night out, fun, memorable songs, great performances and unique characters, I thoroughly recommend it!” ” The songs are great …the costumes are wonderful …the choreography is fun, well executed and visually inspiring… Lance Grant [is] played brilliantly by Jeff Scot Carey; Jessica Howell is …a perfect, wise cracking, comic foil … Heather Olt is astounding … Clara is played with hilarious, drunken abandon by Jessica Snow Wilson …Jeffrey Christopher Todd’s Hoyt Baxter is a nervous, slender and slightly lost Tyrone Power, the perfect pairing for Lance…Jordan Kai Burnett is stellar as Eva Gallagher …the studio heads are well played by Kevin McIntyre and Kevin Michael Moran…Johnny Strong is perfectly played by Stefan Rich …the ‘chorus’ of lovelies [Trevor Shor, Everjohn Feliciano, and Alex Boling] is beyond reproach…”
- Samantha Ronceros, NoHo Arts District
“A superb cast leads the way to great fun and plenty of laughs in the World Premiere of MAX FACTOR FACTOR. The music (Joe Blodgett) and lyrics (Chana Wise) are award winning in our book. This musical comedy, set in Hollywood’s golden age and directed by Michael Shepperd, is one of our FEATURED events. GO!”
“THE MAX FACTOR FACTOR [is] a bright and cheerful musical romp …” “Palmer Davis choreographs a tight musical that never lets its humor and charisma down.” “THE MAX FACTOR FACTOR is one of the most (if not the most) original musicals ever to hit the local stage scene … Who says they don’t make ‘em like they used to?”
- Accessibly Live Off Line
And the cast was gorgeous!
The BEARD. Still a few good years left in the limelight. A few.
The WANNABE. Whatever it takes to get a part. (Wink, wink.)
The other leading man. Loves his gladiator movies. Onscreen and off.
The LUSH. A little problem with the drinkie….
The EX. He’s been around the block before with Lance.
The MORALIST. She’ll do anything to keep the boys apart. Anything.
The STUDIO BOSS. Losing control of, well, everything.
The MOLE. Boy, can he keep a secret.
The NEWCOMER. He learns pretty quickly just exactly how to get cast.
The MOVIE MOGUL. Not afraid to play dirty.
The Max Factor MAKE-UP GUY. Knows what lies beneath the pancake. So to speak.
Cast photographs by Kevin McIntyre.