Jack Rosenthal’s “Smash!” is a story that fictionalises his attempts to adapt his own play into a musical. It first appeared onstage in 1981 and will soon return to the London theatre scene in 2011 with a run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where a host of well-received shows have appeared over the years, and with Tom Conti in a lead role it is likely to attract a respectable crowd come March.
Rosenthal’s career saw him pen work for a range of different areas, with his job as an early writer for the long-running ITV soap “Coronation Street” making him most famous, though he also worked on shows such as “That Was the Week That Was” and eventually created the series “London’s Burning”. His other credits include “Dear Anyone” and “Bar Mitzvah Boy”, with the latter eventually adapted into a musical, for which he penned the book, and it was this process that would eventually inspire “Smash!”
To say that “Smash!” takes a pessimistic view of adapting plays into musicals is an understatement. In it we follow the process as a range of individuals get their grubby paws on the text, from an arrogant director to the troublesome writer. As such those with theatre tickets will see the inner workings of the theatre scene in a whole new light.
Tom Conti is perhaps best known for his acting work, though his career has also seen him step into the director’s chair and pen novels. Many will recognise him for his guest-appearances in “Friends” in which he portrayed the father of Emily – Ross’s fiancé – though he also has screen credits that include television shows such as “Lark Rise to Candleford” and movie credits such as “Shirley Valentine” and “A Closed Book”. His directing credits include “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and “Otherwise Engaged”.
Like venues such as the Chichester Festival Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre, the Menier Chocolate Factory regularly stages productions that become future West End hits. The Chichester first staged the likes of “Jerusalem” whilst the Royal Court was once the home to the West End and Laurence Olivier Award-favourite “Clybourne Park”. Meanwhile, previous shows at the Menier include “Sweet Charity” and “La Cage Aux Folles”.
Smash! appears at the Menier Chocolate Factory from Thursday 31st March 2011 (preview from Thursday 24th March 2011) until Sunday 8th May 2011.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 26th March 2011|
|Booking Until:||Sunday, 8th May 2011|
|Matinees:||Saturday and Sunday 3:30pm|
|Evenings:||Tuesday to Saturday 8pm|
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