David Kolowitz, a nice young man living with his parents in New York City in 1938, works at a machine repair shop. His parents want David to study to become a pharmacist. But what he really wants is to be an actor like his idol, Ronald Colman. One day, at his friend Marvin's suggestion, David tries out for a part in a play, and gets it, despite his obvious lack of acting experience (not to mention ability). True, it's a rather small part in a low-rent production. Leading the troupe is a washed-up, alcoholic actor who hires David at the urging of his actress-daughter, who finds David "cute." To play his part, David must come up with his own costume - a tuxedo - and pay the house five dollars a week, ostensibly for tuition. But it is David's first acting job, one which calls for him to "enter laughing." And if it doesn't work out - well, there's always pharmacy school. Written by
Eugene Kim <email@example.com>
Can an innocent young man from the Bronx find sin and success on the Broadway stage?
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Did You Know?
The role of David Kolowitz was originated on Broadway by Alan Arkin
, who won a 1963 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play. Arkin also won a 1963 Theatre World Award. See more
David admires a poster for the movie Lost Horizon
(1937), which was released in late Thirties when story takes place. But bottom of poster identifies movie as a re-release, something that wouldn't have taken place until years later. See more
You know, Wanda, you're beginning to sound exactly like my mother.
David, I didn't come here to be insulted.
References Lost Horizon
Music by Quincy Jones
Lyrics by Mack David
Sung by Mel Carter See more