Spotlight Theatre to Stage THE FRONT PAGE, 2/23-3/30
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by BWW News Desk
Ace reporter Hildebrand "Hildy" Johnson wants to break away from journalism, finally get to go on his honeymoon and get a "respectable" job. But on his way out of town, there is a jailbreak, and into Hildy's hands falls the escapee. Excited by the prospect of one final scoop, he conceals his prize in a roll top desk. Over the next few hours, Hildy must prevent a bevy of hungry reporters, trigger-happy policemen, furniture movers, a troupe of boy scouts, and even the cleaning lady from finding the biggest story to hit the newspaper in years!
The authors' expert plotting and rapid-fire, streetwise dialogue delighted audiences and made their play an instant classic when it opened at the Times Square Theatre in August, 1928. Hecht and MacArthur strongly influenced many other American comic writers, especially in Hollywood.
The newspapers are modeled on the City News Bureau of Chicago (where MacArthur had worked) Chicago Daily News (where Hecht was a reporter) and Chicago's American. The character Earl Williams is loosely based on "Terrible" Tommy O'Connor and Walter Burns is a thinly disguised caricature of Hearst editor Walter Howey.
Pictured: Eric Galatas as Hildy Johnson. Photo by DenverMind Media.