Sunday, September 14, 2014 – 7:00 PM
SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
Music by Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Craig Carnelia, Book by John Guare
Based on the screenplay and the novella by Ernest Lehman; Based on the screenplay by Clifford Odets; Based on the MGM/UA film
“Got to get in the column!” With a jazzy, driving score by the late Marvin Hamlisch, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS is based on the 1957 movie starring Burt Lancaster as a ruthless, all-powerful newspaper columnist named J. J. Hunsecker (so Walter Winchell couldn’t sue them), and Tony Curtis as Sidney Falcone – a smarmy, small-time press agent desperate to curry J.J.’s favor. He succeeds, for a while, but that sweet smell comes at a much higher price than he expects. Though this edgy, dark show got seven nominations, including Best Musical, only John Lithgow, for his leading performance as Hunsecker, went home with a 2002 Tony® Award. Gossip, lies, name-dropping, betrayal, backstabbing and murder – typical story about the media.
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