The Sunday Giveaway: Two Tickets to a World Premiere: Falling for Make Believe in LA.

It’s Tony Sunday, and since everyone in New York City has Tony Fever, let’s give away some tickets to a show in LA!

And we’ve got a fun one, especially for all you show-within-a-show-business lovers out there.
The Colony Theater in beauticious Burbank is currently presenting the World Premiere (and recent LA Times “Critic’s Choice”) of Falling for Make Believe.

What’s FFMB about?

It’s “the true story of the brilliant, troubled, Rodgers and Hart songwriting team.”

Ever wonder why Rodgers and Hammerstein was Rodgers and Hammerstein?  And how a man like Hart, with all that success, and that future laid out before him, could drink himself to death at the age of 48?

It’s all in Falling for Make Believe (along with a ton of Rodgers and Hart classics) . . . and one of you is going to find out for free.

Here’s how to win.

What’s cool about this musical is that it’s a show about the makings of shows.

What other real life show business stories do you think are worthy of a musical or a play?  Tell me what story you’d document in our medium and one of you will win the tickets.

For example . . . Patti Lupone getting fired from Sunset Boulevard . . . or Joanna Pacitti getting fired from Annie . . . or . . . (why are there some many good stories about people getting fired?)

Let ‘er rip!
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  • Ilene Argento says:

    I was GOING to say “The Ken Davenport Story – Search for Siblings on the Great White Way,” but thought that would sound like a kiss-up! How about a musical about the tumultuous relationship of Ike and Tina Turner? Kind of like a ‘Next to Normal’ meets ‘Memphis!’

  • Liz says:

    Yay, a contest for us left coasters!

    I always thought Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt’s story would make a great musical. Hey, they even have a namesake theatre to perform it in–how’s that for branding?

  • Michael DiGaetano says:

    One word: Rebecca

  • John P. says:

    The show “Rebecca” and its imaginary investor

  • Jacob R says:

    Anything Sondhiem ever! But if I had to pick, a musical about him working with Hammerstein. That would be fantastic to watch.

  • Troy Heard says:

    The Making of “Moose Murders” – nuff sed!

  • Elena Muslar says:

    The Kander & Ebb story! From Cabaret, Chicago, to Scottsboro Boys – how they wrote and made audiences love stories that were too difficult to just talk about.

  • Erin Conley says:

    5 words: Spider-man: Turn Off the Dark.

  • Heather says:

    So many have already been done …. But I think the story of Benny Goodman would lend itself to the musical stage quite well… Even though a movie has been done already.

  • Josh Ruben says:

    Any of the politics/union issues dealing with Phantom or Miss Saigon coming over from the West End.



  • Doug says:

    “Stay Away from the Sushi” – the Jeremy Piven Story.

  • Brian says:

    Stealing from the Tonys: Network, Not Work! A review of all of the Broadway stars who had unsuccessful (or marginally successful) TV Shows then came back to Broadway.

  • Jenny Torgerson says:

    Judy Garland getting fired from Annie Get Your Gun

    • Andy says:

      The whole debacle of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s musical about the Mizner Bros. that never made it to Broadway, but was produced under no less than 4 titles: “Gold!”, “Wiseguys”, “Bounce”, and finally, “Road Show.” It also involve a very ugly legal battle with producer Scott Rudin. Sounds like lots of good juicy melodrama, and cautionary tale, involving no less than the greatest living composer of the musical theatre.

  • Michael Penna says:

    I think the store of cole porter’s life would make a great musical. It has to be better then that awful delovely movie!

  • Christina says:

    I would love to see the whole REBECCA debacle on the stage! It’s not only one of my favorite novels (and Hitchcock movies), but it’s a good old Broadway scandal filled with drama, intrigue, mystery, and a whole lotta, “Wait.. what? Really??!” Not to mention that I’m sure some of that unused material is up for grabs!

  • terry holzman says:

    After reading the Vanity Fair article, I’d agree with REBECCA and the imaginary investor. That or the “Mystery of the Missing Litter Box”, behind the scene of CATS.

  • Elliott Porter says:

    How about a musical based on all the pre-planning for “A Chorus Line.” In any event I’ve already seen Falling for Make Believe. It is a wonderful show. In fact my wife and I have tickets to see it a second time.

  • Emily says:

    Sutton Foster getting chosen to play Millie and her subsequent rise to fame.

  • Scott says:

    The story behind the ASCAP 1940 “Cavalcade of Music” NY and San Francisco concerts. (Google it)

  • Glen Davis says:

    The story of James Dean’s days in NYC

  • Bethany Tucker says:

    “Valley of the Dolls” with the back story of Judy Garland being let go.

  • nancy cohen says:

    1. the twitter message that Shia left about his tiff with baldwin..a whole show about our not confronting directly
    2.When feuer and Martin fired Kauffman from Silk Stockings..oye now that was bad karma though it didn’t seem to hurt them

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  • Ellen Orchid says:

    How about the making of “A Chorus Line”? I have always been fascinated by the idea that a workshop of dancers who gave their true-life experiences could be woven into an amazing musical with amazing, specific lyrics and great music. What a triumph. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall at that initial workshop. What ideas didn’t make it into the show- maybe some dark, painful stuff weren’t right for a Bway show. This way of working could be a template for many other potential musicals.

  • Nanda Douglas says:

    Sondheim and Bernstein’s collaboration on West Side Story and Sondheim’s eventual break into his own composing career.

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