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A fast-paced musical comedy of Christmas errors, blending quick tempers, romance and the golden age of Hollywood, with a little magic.

Book and Lyrics by Chana Wise, Music by Carl Johnson

What happens when Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart, Bing Crosby, and Natalie Wood pop out of the television on Christmas Eve for the sake of two jaded holiday-haters?

Poor Monica is determined to suffer another miserable lonely Christmas Eve.  But her curmudgeonly plans are spoiled when the ghosts of Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Natalie Wood pop out of her television with more than a little Christmas cheer, Hollywood style.  The ghosts’ wholesome tidings are no match for Monica’s cynicism, so the ghosts cook up some romantic subterfuge via Monica’s annoying next door neighbor. As their plan unravels into a quick tempered, sharp witted, musical comedy of errors, Monica and the neighbor rediscover not only Christmas, but their own Hollywood romance.

Production Details

CAST SIZE: 4 men; 3 women + chorus
SET: Two adjacent apartments and a small courtyard of a Hollywood apartment building
ORCHESTRATIONS: piano only - or orchestrations for 8 pieces
GENRE: Romantic/fantasy comedy

Synopsis

As the show opens, folks are busily preparing for Christmas. But neither Monica nor her neighbor Steve is in the mood for the holidays.  (Everyone’s Happy at Christmas.)  Monica, having just heard Steve complaining to Buddy about her, and Steve having just heard Monica complaining about him, each try to “stay calm.”  (Stay Calm).

 

The ghosts of Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart, and Bing Crosby explain to the ghost of Natalie Wood explain a different kind of miracle at Christmas.  (The Black and White Christmas Marathon).  The “stars” explain to Monica why they’ve come to see her on Christmas Eve.  (We’re Here For You).  Not buying that the Stars are who they say they are, Monica angrily leaves her apartment, only to be confronted with unwelcome reminders of Christmas.  (Perfect)  Separately, Judy and Natalie pull Monica aside, while Jimmy and Bing pull Steve aside in an effort to convince each that the other is secretly in love with him/her.    (Just Like the Movies Pt. 1 and Pt. 2)

 

Bing is thrilled knowing they’ve completed their assignment to bring a little holiday cheer to Monica.  But Jimmy’s no so sure the story’s over.  (There’s Gotta Be Something).  When Monica goes next door to return Steve’s cellphone, they are surprised to discover there is more than Christmas in the air.  (Smiling’s Good).  Having overheard Bing revealing they were set up under false pretenses, Monica and Steve resume their former animosity toward one another (Stay Calm Reprise).

 

Dismayed that they may have failed at their assignment to cheer up Monica and Steve, the Stars also worry that their jobs and their movies have become obsolete. (Whatever Happened?)  With re-energized help from the Stars, Monica and Steve reunite and the Stars celebrate another Christmas success (Finale).

Creator Bios

Chana Wise (Book and Lyrics) was born and raised in Southern California and and has a degree in Theatre from University of California, Irvine. In addition to Tinseltown Christmas, and in collaboration with Carl Johnson, she has written book and lyrics for Marie Marie, (NAMT, 2014, Rubicon Plays in Progress June 2013, STAGES festival, 2011), The Coffee Quintet, a short musical film, and is currently in development on Bagels!, a new musical. Chana wrote lyrics for The Island, (book and music - Jonathan Price), which was produced by Chana also wrote lyrics  for The Max Factor Factor (Adrian Bewley - book, Joseph Blodgett - Music) which was produced by NMI and ran for five weeks at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, August 2014, and Cardinal Sins, produced by Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way, WA, In May, 2017. Chana is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.

Carl Johnson (composer) is an Emmy Award-winning film and television composer living and working in Southern California. He has written and orchestrated numerous pieces of music for feature films, television, and stage. Carl has recorded his music with symphonies around the world, conducting in London, Canada, Japan, Los Angeles, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic. As a freelance Hollywood composer, he has written music for numerous feature films, including Piglet’s Big Movie, Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame II, and Winnie the Pooh’s Grand Adventure. Carl has also composed over 50 hours of music for numerous television projects including Animaniacs, and Batman: The Animated Series for Warner Brothers, Gargoyles and The Mighty Ducks for Disney, and Invasion America and Toonsylvania for Dreamworks.

History

Tinseltown Christmas was developed with the Drama Department of UC Irvine and was presented there as part of their 2010 Festival of New Musicals. Tinseltown Christmas also received its world premiere production at UCI.

Reviews

“It was an awesome play. It was opening night so they served food and wine after the play. I loved it and my husband had such a good time.”

-San Diego County Goldstar reviewer

“Loved the plot! Loved the scenes set up! Great singing/acting and it was hilarious. Must see!!”

- Orange County Goldstar Reviewer

A fast-paced musical comedy of Christmas errors, blending quick tempers, romance and the golden age of Hollywood, with a little magic.

Book and Lyrics by Chana Wise, Music by Carl Johnson

What happens when Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart, Bing Crosby, and Natalie Wood pop out of the television on Christmas Eve for the sake of two jaded holiday-haters?

Poor Monica is determined to suffer another miserable lonely Christmas Eve.  But her curmudgeonly plans are spoiled when the ghosts of Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Bing Crosby and Natalie Wood pop out of her television with more than a little Christmas cheer, Hollywood style.  The ghosts’ wholesome tidings are no match for Monica’s cynicism, so the ghosts cook up some romantic subterfuge via Monica’s annoying next door neighbor. As their plan unravels into a quick tempered, sharp witted, musical comedy of errors, Monica and the neighbor rediscover not only Christmas, but their own Hollywood romance.

Production Details

CAST SIZE: 4 men; 3 women + chorus
SET: Two adjacent apartments and a small courtyard of a Hollywood apartment building
ORCHESTRATIONS: piano only - or orchestrations for 8 pieces
GENRE: Romantic/fantasy comedy

Synopsis

As the show opens, folks are busily preparing for Christmas. But neither Monica nor her neighbor Steve is in the mood for the holidays.  (Everyone’s Happy at Christmas.)  Monica, having just heard Steve complaining to Buddy about her, and Steve having just heard Monica complaining about him, each try to “stay calm.”  (Stay Calm).

 

The ghosts of Judy Garland, Jimmy Stewart, and Bing Crosby explain to the ghost of Natalie Wood explain a different kind of miracle at Christmas.  (The Black and White Christmas Marathon).  The “stars” explain to Monica why they’ve come to see her on Christmas Eve.  (We’re Here For You).  Not buying that the Stars are who they say they are, Monica angrily leaves her apartment, only to be confronted with unwelcome reminders of Christmas.  (Perfect)  Separately, Judy and Natalie pull Monica aside, while Jimmy and Bing pull Steve aside in an effort to convince each that the other is secretly in love with him/her.    (Just Like the Movies Pt. 1 and Pt. 2)

 

Bing is thrilled knowing they’ve completed their assignment to bring a little holiday cheer to Monica.  But Jimmy’s no so sure the story’s over.  (There’s Gotta Be Something).  When Monica goes next door to return Steve’s cellphone, they are surprised to discover there is more than Christmas in the air.  (Smiling’s Good).  Having overheard Bing revealing they were set up under false pretenses, Monica and Steve resume their former animosity toward one another (Stay Calm Reprise).

 

Dismayed that they may have failed at their assignment to cheer up Monica and Steve, the Stars also worry that their jobs and their movies have become obsolete. (Whatever Happened?)  With re-energized help from the Stars, Monica and Steve reunite and the Stars celebrate another Christmas success (Finale).

Creator Bios

Chana Wise (Book and Lyrics) was born and raised in Southern California and and has a degree in Theatre from University of California, Irvine. In addition to Tinseltown Christmas, and in collaboration with Carl Johnson, she has written book and lyrics for Marie Marie, (NAMT, 2014, Rubicon Plays in Progress June 2013, STAGES festival, 2011), The Coffee Quintet, a short musical film, and is currently in development on Bagels!, a new musical. Chana wrote lyrics for The Island, (book and music - Jonathan Price), which was produced by Chana also wrote lyrics  for The Max Factor Factor (Adrian Bewley - book, Joseph Blodgett - Music) which was produced by NMI and ran for five weeks at the NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood, August 2014, and Cardinal Sins, produced by Centerstage Theatre in Federal Way, WA, In May, 2017. Chana is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild.

Carl Johnson (composer) is an Emmy Award-winning film and television composer living and working in Southern California. He has written and orchestrated numerous pieces of music for feature films, television, and stage. Carl has recorded his music with symphonies around the world, conducting in London, Canada, Japan, Los Angeles, Bulgaria, and the Czech Republic. As a freelance Hollywood composer, he has written music for numerous feature films, including Piglet’s Big Movie, Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame II, and Winnie the Pooh’s Grand Adventure. Carl has also composed over 50 hours of music for numerous television projects including Animaniacs, and Batman: The Animated Series for Warner Brothers, Gargoyles and The Mighty Ducks for Disney, and Invasion America and Toonsylvania for Dreamworks.

History

Tinseltown Christmas was developed with the Drama Department of UC Irvine and was presented there as part of their 2010 Festival of New Musicals. Tinseltown Christmas also received its world premiere production at UCI.

Reviews

“It was an awesome play. It was opening night so they served food and wine after the play. I loved it and my husband had such a good time.”

-San Diego County Goldstar reviewer

“Loved the plot! Loved the scenes set up! Great singing/acting and it was hilarious. Must see!!”

- Orange County Goldstar Reviewer