Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Auditions Sunday March 17th from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and Monday March 18th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Show Dates: June 12th to 29th, 2019 Wednesday to Saturday with Sunday matinees on June 16th and 23rd.
Max Prince is the volatile star of a 1950’s comedy-variety show, with a staff of writers trying to hold onto their jobs while skewering each other. Will the show survive? Will Max survive? Can seven writers find happiness on the 23rd Floor of Rockefeller Centre?
Laughter on the 23rd Floor tells the story of the final days of a hit live TV variety show in the Golden Age of television. Based on writer Neil Simon’s time on Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows, Laughter shares the banter, wit, rivalry and pathos of a young group of writers – and their slightly older mentor/star – who don’t know that most are destined for bigger things, only that their success is coming to an end.
MAX PRINCE – 30s-to-mid-40s. TV comedy star. Not a huge man, but he appears to be taller because he exudes great strength – strength that comes more from anger than his physique. He is quixotic, changing quickly from warm, infectious laughter to sullen anger. Often monosyllabic when not playing a character. (Inspired by Sid Caesar)
LUCAS BRICKMAN – Early-to-mid-20s. Junior TV comedy writer. (Based on Neil Simon)
IRA STONE – 25-35. TV comedy writer. All energy with a touch of brilliant madness. (Inspired by Mel Brooks)
MILT FIELDS – Mid-20s-30. TV comedy writer. Wears black cape over sports jacket, bow tie, black beret. (Inspired by Sheldon Keller)
VAL SKOLSKY – 30-35. Senior TV comedy writer. An emigrant from Russia at age 12, he still has accent. (Inspired by Mel Tolkin)
BRIAN DOYLE – 28-35. TV comedy writer. Heavy smoker/cougher/drinker. Balding but with newly made dots on his scalp from a recent hair transplant. (Inspired by Tony Webster)
KENNY FRANKS – 30-35. TV comedy writer. The most sophisticated of the writers, he is neatly dressed, sports jacket, tie, raincoat, tortoise-shell-framed glasses. Boy genius, rumoured to be writing jokes at age 14 for Jack Benny. (Inspired by Larry Gelbart)
CAROL WYMAN – 28-35, strong/quick defence system. Only female staff writer. (Inspired by Lucille Kallen & Selma Diamond)
HELEN – attractive secretary in her 20s. She secretly wants to be a comedy writer, yet humour seems to elude her.