Light Up the Sky

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Light Up The Sky
by Moss Hart, directed by Scott Edmiston

Running Time: 2 hours, inclusive of a 15 minute intermission
Box Office: 617-585-5678 | boxoffice@lyricstage.com

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What better way to stage Moss Hart’s riotous backstage comedy than with an all-star cast of Boston’s brightest and best comedians . . . and that’s just what we’ve assembled!
Set in the Ritz-Carlton Boston, Light Up the Sky is a backstage comedy about the colorful artists involved in breathing life into a Broadway-bound play and that moment of anticipation and terror just before an audience sees it for the very first time. Meet the grand, charismatic leading lady, the hopeful young playwright, the high-strung director, the boorish producer, and, of course, the leading lady’s eccentric mother in this affectionate and hilarious look at THE THEATRE!
eaturing (from left): Jordan Clark, Will LeBow*, Will McGarrahan*,
Bob Mussett, Terrence O'Malley, Paula Plum*, Alejandro Simones, 
Kathy St. George*, Richard Snee* and Bobbie Steinbach*!
*member Actors' Equity Association
Featuring (from left): Jordan Clark, Will LeBow*, Will McGarrahan*,
Bob Mussett, Terrence O’Malley, Paula Plum*, Alejandro Simones,
Kathy St. George*, Richard Snee* and Bobbie Steinbach*!
*member Actors’ Equity Association

Ticket Prices

Day Center Section Side Section
Limited number of $25 tickets available at every performance. Ticket prices subject to change at any time.
Wed Mat $41 $30
Wed/Thur/Fri $57 $42
Sat/Sun $63 $48

 

 

 

* denotes member of Actor’s Equity Association
** denotes member of United Scenic Artists (USA-Locat 829)
*** denotes member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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REVIEWS

Director Scott Edmiston casts these 10 roles beautifully, eliciting topnotch performances from his hardworking cast. They deliver much merriment to the audience with their wild and crazy antics, leading to nonstop laughter all night long. […] Playing the diva-like actress, Irene Livingston is Paula Plum who is superb in this role. She goes from being faint to madcap to manic to depressed to sickly in a wink of an eye. She is reminiscent of Katherine Hepburn with her delivery of lines as this 1940’s actress. […] The other scene stealers in this play are Will LeBow who plays Sidney Black and Kathy St. George who plays his blonde ice skating wife, Frances. Will is a whirlwind of power and energy as this rich producer. His line delivery is flawless and he commands the stage with his presence. Kathy is another human dynamo with her excellent Brooklyn accent. Her funny one liners stop the show with hilarity.

“What Happened in Boston, Willie”   —Theatre Mirror

 

[…] artfully and hilariously on point, led by a quartet of divas. Those headliners would include the trio of madcap actresses, locally beloved, by the names of Plum, St. George and Steinbach, each with her singular opportunity to light up this particular sky. The fourth, and most surprisingly adept diva, is none other than McGarrahan, who adds to an amazingly varied roster of his roles, that of the hyperventilated director. And attention must be paid to the other luminaries in this milky way of star turns, including LeBow and Snee. It’s the rare production in this day and age that provides such a cornucopia of corn, and exquisite corn this is.

Lyric’s “Light up the Sky”: Ham on Wry   —South Shore Critic

 

Chief among the virtues of “Light Up the Sky’’ is the juicy showcase it provides for the aforementioned cast of always-welcome local stalwarts. Handed an opportunity to shamelessly ham it up while reeling off snappy ’40s patter, performers like Paula Plum, Will McGarrahan, Kathy St. George, and Will LeBow respond with the considerable wit at their disposal.

In Lyric Stage’s ‘Light Up the Sky,’ the stars shine   —Boston Globe

 

The craftsmanship here is at a high level. It’s found in the brisk pacing, comic timing, sharp costumes (by Gail Astrid Buckley), handsome set (by Janie E. Howland) and in the easy rapport among these skilled actors.

‘Light Up The Sky’ Takes Laugh-Filled Look At A Time Gone   —WBUR The Artery

 

The fun that the veteran cast of Moss Hart’s ‘Light Up the Sky’ is having in each other’s company leaps across the proverbial fourth wall, making you feel more like a guest at a family reunion than a member of a theater audience.

Cast has fun with Moss Hart comedy   —Cape Cod Times

 

Director Scott Edmiston orchestrates the stage brilliantly. He makes all 10 characters seem to dance to and fro, with various twists and turns, that deftly make the audience continually laugh and often chortle.

Light Up the Sky Beacons Us to Theatrical Laughs   —Berkshire Fine Arts

 

The play is full of jokes with a ‘40s flair woven throughout the lines, many colorful, wacky characters, and a setting ripe for comedy.

Lyric shoots off sparklers with ‘Light Up the Sky’   —The Patriot Ledger

 

The cast is a “who’s who” of marvelous Boston veterans who routinely light up our stages: Paula Plum as soignee leading lady Irene Livingston, Will LeBow as money-grubbing, piano-playing producer Sidney Black, Richard Snee as Owen Turner the writer who’s written it all, Will McGarrahan as the giddily grandiose, piano-playing (who doesn’t play?!) director Carleton Fitzgerald, Kathy St. George as Sidney’s champagne-swigging and still sprightly skating star wife Frances, and Bobbie Steinbach– funnier than I’ve ever seen her as the diva’s wisecracking, curler-clad mother Stella!

THEATRE: LIGHT UP THE SKY   —Joyce’s Choices

 

PREVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

And then “Light Up the Sky” (May 15 to June 13) assembles a cast of lovable loonies from the theater world, as they gather in a room at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Boston, awaiting the opening-night reviews for their Broadway-bound play. Playwright Moss Hart conjures up the clichés: a cynical playwright, an overbearing producer and the diva-esque leading lady. But these are just stereotypes, right? Real actors aren’t like this, are they?

Lyric ends season with 2 plays about temperamental entertainers   —Metrowest Daily News

 

“These comedies aren’t revived as often as dramas from the period because we worry the jokes are dated,” LeBow says. “But Hart wrote a style of comedy along the lines of vaudeville sketch comedy rather than the simple set-up and punch line we’re more familiar with. I actually find Hart’s style easier to dig into as an actor because it requires personality as well as timing. “With comedy, as actors, we are trying to create characters that are a little larger than life, going for something a little bit over the top,” he says, “but you still have to fill that character with honesty and reality.”

Lyric Stage pulls back the curtain   —Boston Globe

May 15 — June 13
1:30 pm

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