It's a Wonderful (One Man Show) Life!
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A solo performance by Jason S. Grossman
Directed/Adapted for the stage by Sharon Fogarty
Stage Manager, Jorge Olivo
Production Manager, Amber Gallery
Graphic Designer, Nick Dransfield
It's a Wonderful (One Man Show) Life! returns to New York City! Award winning director/playwright, Sharon Fogarty, directs actor/impressionist Jason S. Grossman in this acclaimed live, solo adaptation of Frank Capra's classic film, "It's a Wonderful Life." Grossman performs one-man versions of each Bedford Falls' event - morphing from Annie to Zuzu and everyone in between - to create a total of 33 beloved characters. A must for 'Wonderful Life' fanatics, this intimate portrayal of George Bailey's compromised dreams, financial ruin, suicidal turning-point and triumphant realization of the true value of his life are discovered brilliantly in this homage to Capra's vision.
Recommended for all ages - and excellent holiday fare! - It's a Wonderful (One Man Show) Life! is a lively interpretation of the tale based on Philip Van Doren Stern's The Greatest Gift, an original short story (first written to friends on a Christmas card). Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett and Frank Capra wrote the screenplay, with additional scenes by Jo Swerling. (Uncredited for their input on the script were Dorothy Parker, Dalton Trumbo, and Clifford Odets).
It's a Wonderful (One Man Show) Life! premiered in 2000 in New York City and was acclaimed by 'Wonderful Life' aficionados as well as those unfamiliar with the film. In 2001, Funny...Sheesh brought the work to Seattle where it was blessed by the presence of actress Karolyn Grimes who stars as Zuzu the original film. Ms. Grimes endorsed the adaptation as "very funny and highly imaginative!" In 2002, the production commanded a sold-out, critically acclaimed performance at the Langham Court Theatre in Victoria, BC. In 2009, as keynote speaker Grossman performed excerpts from the show at the Planned Giving Conference in Philadelphia, PA.
"RECOMMENDED - Under Sharon Fogarty's direction, Jason Grossman's lively and inventive solo performance." TIME OUT NEW YORK
"Check out this solo version of Frank Capra's holiday classic." VILLAGE VOICE
"Perfect warm up to the Christmas season." CITYSEARCH.COM
"Grossman is enormously skillful and as earnest as the film." NYTHEATRE.COM
"PICK! Frank Capra's classic becomes a solo spectacle." DIGITAL CITY.COM
"Charming show... and like the movie, could see it again and again. This solo performance is one of the season's most delightful." ARTSAVANT.COM
"The characters were well executed and the pacing and timing were terrific... It lifts your spirits." OFFOFFOFF.COM
70 minutes with no intermission
The Bridge Theatre at Shetler Studios in midtown Manhattan (View)
244 West 54th Street, 12th FLoor.
New York, NY 10019
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|