“Give My Regards to Broadway” live on stage at Manistique High School
It’s 1939, and producer/director Dick Foster is one week shy of opening his new World War I-era musical in his off-Broadway theater. Unfortunately, he is also 100 grand shy of the financing his new show needs. Aspiring actress Mary Collins arrives to ask Dick for her big break in show business, but he refuses at first (“Forty-five Minutes from Broad-way”).
When one of his chorus girls becomes ill, though, he decides to let Mary fill her place. But then disaster strikes. He had asked Broadway star Mona Monroe to star in his show and attract a backer, but even though she owes him a favor she wants no part of it until he has the money.
Meanwhile, bookie Legs Ruby visits long-time girlfriend Trixie, one of Dick’s chorus girls, to tell her the mob is after him (“Yankee Doodle Dandy”). They decide to hide him out in the theater, and he disguises himself with various costumes to fool Mugsy and Babs, the heavies the mob sent to give him a cement overcoat.
Then college senior Donald Harper arrives with a cashier’s check from an anonymous backer. Thrilled, the cast throws themselves into rehearsals, and Dick decides Mary is good enough to be the star of the show. But rehearsals screech to a halt when Mugsy and Babs return for Legs (“It’s a Grand Old Flag/Yankee Doodle Dandy”) and then Mona arrives to take the lead of the show.
Will the cast be able to protect Legs from swimming with the fishes? Will Dick sacrifice Mary’s ambition for Mona’s star power?
Come to the Marvin Frederickson Auditorium on April 26, 27, or 28 at 7 p.m. to find out.
The Manistique High School drama will present “Give My Regards to Broadway.”
Adult tickets $7, student tickets $4.